Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Portland Gets Grant From MLB's Baseball Tomorrow Fund

Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) today announced the awarding of third quarter grants totaling more than $215,000 to six communities across the country, including: Gary, Indiana; Gonzales, Louisiana; Miami, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Portland, Maine; and Reidsville, Georgia. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a program formed by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, promotes the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses.

Portland Bayside Little League (Portland, ME): The grant will provide funding for improved coaches training and field conditions at Loring Field. The Portland Bayside Little League is one of three leagues serving the largest school system in the state of Maine. The league serves the downtown area, which is experiencing an influx of immigrant families, and it plans to increase participation in the program by targeted outreach to those families through a partnership with the local Police Athletic League and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Since its formation by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded over 480 grants totaling more than $18 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Approximately 214,009 youth players have benefited from programs and facilities supported by the Fund. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund receives approximately 500 applications each year and awards grants on a quarterly basis after a selective review process. For more information, visit www.baseballtomorrowfund.com.

--MLB Communications--



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