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07/29/2005
Baseball Tomorrow Fund awards more than $600,000 in grants during Q2 2005
Grants benefit more than 16,000 kids from 11 service organizations throughout the U.S.

As part of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to increase youth participation in baseball and softball throughout the world, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund awarded grants totaling more than $611,000 to 11 organizations throughout the continental United States during the second quarter of 2005. It is anticipated that these grants will benefit at least 16,000 kids who have a desire to play baseball and softball.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund grants are sufficiently flexible to enable applicants to address needs unique to their communities, including field renovations, new field construction, and equipment purchases. Grant applications are reviewed and processed on a quarterly basis throughout the fiscal year.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a joint initiative between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball that promotes and enhances the growth of baseball throughout the world, offers financial assistance to help organizations support youth involvement in baseball and softball. Since its inception in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $8.5 million and benefiting nearly 100,000 youth participating in more than 170 baseball and softball programs across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, U.S. Virgin Islands and Europe.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund grantees for Q2 2005 are:

Bayonne Little League - Bayonne, NJ - The Bayonne Little League is the only Little League program in Bayonne. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant provided funding for the purchase and installation of lighting and a backstop for Bayonne Little League's major league field. More than 600 children, ages 6-18, will benefit from this project. This is the first Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant awarded in New Jersey. (www.eteamz.active.com/bayonnelittleleague)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Vista - Vista, CA - Boys & Girls Club of Vista provides facilities with programs that inspire boys and girls in need to realize their highest potential as responsible, productive members of their community. Boys & Girls Club of Vista is currently renovating an unused field in the low-income area of Townsite into a baseball field, which will be used to help start Rookie League and PONY League programs. The field also will be used for local Little League and youth baseball tournaments. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant provided funding for the field lights and dugouts. The field project is part of the Little Padres Park Program, the official field renovation program of the San Diego Padres. Approximately 500 children will benefit from the new field on a regular basis and an additional 200 children will participate in tournaments at the field. (www.bgcvista.com)

Brandywine Little League - Wilmington, DE - The Brandywine Little League serves the northern suburb of Wilmington. The league will construct a complex of four fields: one senior size field, two major size fields and one t-ball/Challenger League field. Upon completion of the complex, the league also will establish a new Challenger League. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant provided funding for the completion of the complex, including fencing, backstops, gates, sod and batting cages. The league serves 660 players, ages 5-16. The Challenger League will attract children from Delaware and Pennsylvania. This is the first Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant awarded in Delaware. (www.angelfire.com/mb/brandywinell)

Giltner Lion's Club Recreation Association - Giltner, NE - The Giltner Lion's Club Recreation Association assists local summer baseball and softball programs in the rural town of Giltner. The Association helps with player and coach and umpire recruitment, registration and game scheduling while providing insurance, uniforms and equipment for the programs. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant provided funding for the installation of fencing to enclose two youth fields. This project will lead to the development of a new Junior-Senior Legion League, which will attract an additional 150 boys. Each summer approximately 1,600 children, ages 5-18, from Giltner and the surrounding communities use the fields.

Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts of America - New York, NY - The Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts of America serves New York City's most disadvantaged communities, in which 70 percent of the members receive some type of financial assistance, through its scouting programs. The organization runs the Alpine Scout Camp in Alpine, New Jersey and each year approximately 80,000 boys and girls, ages 6-17, visit this location for summer camps, with approximately 10,000 children playing baseball and softball. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant provided funding for the renovation of the baseball field located at the camp, including excavation, grading, backstop, fencing, infield material and field grooming equipment. This is the first grant awarded to a Boy Scout organization. (www.bsa-gnyc.org)

Kershaw County - Camden, SC - Kershaw County will construct four youth baseball fields in Camden, Kershaw County's largest municipality. The fields will be located in a new development which includes adult softball fields, soccer fields and a walking/biking trail. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant provided funding for the construction of youth fields for the T-League (nine-and-under age group). Construction will include fencing, backstops, dugouts, infield mix and seeding. Approximately 700 children will benefit from this project. The new complex will be named in memory of Camden native Larry Doby, the first African-American player in the American League.

Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation - Oskaloosa, IA - A Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant provided funding for infield and warning track material and fencing for the construction of a five-field complex. The fields will serve approximately 1,200 players, ages 5-16. The complex will be constructed in a low income community in Oskaloosa and will serve the Oskaloosa Little League, Mahaska County Little League and 12 travel teams.

Monterey County PAL - Prunedale, CA - The Monterey County PAL organization provides access to the Jr. Giants League for children in North Monterey County. Jr. Giants is a non-competitive, recreational program serving kids ages 5-18, both in the inner city and rural areas in northern and central California. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant provided funding for field equipment to complete the renovation of two fields, including a backstop, fencing, bases, bleachers and benches. The project will support a new Jr. Giants League in Castroville and facilitate the growth of the league in the public housing complex of Rancho Moro Cojo - a low-income area in which the families residing in the community build their own homes. This project will serve 100 youth, 89% of which are Hispanic. (http://calpal.org/local/index.cfm?pallD=86)

Richfield Public Schools - Richfield, MN - Richfield Public Schools Centennial Elementary School serves approximately 460 children, ages 5-12. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant provided funding to renovate the field at Centennial Elementary School, which had not been used for organized baseball or softball in six years. The field will be used by the school as well as by the City of Richfield youth baseball and softball program, which serves approximately 300 players. (www.richfield.k12.mn.us)

San Carlos Little League - San Diego, CA - The San Carlos Little League provides baseball and softball programs to approximately 1,100 children, ages 6-13, in San Diego. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant provided funding for grading and the installation of artificial turf for a new major league field, named Cowles Point Field. (http://sancarloslittleleague.com)

United Way of Southeast Delaware County - Chester, PA - The United Way of Southeast Delaware County raises and distributes funds to 40 non-profit health and human service agencies. The United Way of Southeast Delaware County will lead the effort to renovate the Chester School District's main baseball field, one of two fields available for the middle and high schools. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant provided funding for the construction of the fields' dugouts and fencing. The field will be used by the Chester High School baseball teams, the Chester American Legion team and the Chester Summer Youth Team. In addition, a fall program also will utilize the field. The high school and American Legion players are predominately African-Americans, ages 13-18. This is the first grant to a United Way organization. (www.uwdelco.org)

For more information about Baseball Tomorrow Fund visit: www.baseballtomorrowfund.com.