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Press Release

05/16/2005 12:01 PM ET
$100 grant from Baseball Tomorrow Fund awarded to D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission
 

NEW YORK -- To celebrate the return of Major League Baseball to Washington D.C. and in support 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 a $100,000 grant to the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant was used to help refurbish a youth baseball field as part of a major renovation project at the Fort Greble Recreation Center located in Ward 8 of the District of Columbia.

The newly renovated youth baseball field, which includes permanent seating for 200 spectators, will be home to the local Ballou High School baseball program. Located in a low-income and predominately African-American community, the Fort Greble Recreation Center and baseball field will benefit local community youth leagues. Nearly 13,000 youth live in Ward 8.

“The return of Major League Baseball to the nation’s capital has enormous potential to further interest and participation in baseball and softball among D.C.-area youth,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is pleased to continue its support of baseball in the greater D.C. area and help facilitate the growth of the sport in Ward 8.”

“This is a tremendous day for youth sports in the District of Columbia. The D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission looks forward to working with D.C. Parks and Recreation, the Nationals, Major League Baseball and others to refurbish and renovate fields throughout the city” said Mark Tuohey, Chairman, D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission. “Providing clean, safe and appropriate spaces for sports activities is perhaps the most significant activity of the Sports Commission at this time. These fields help build a sense of community. Not only that, they provide a safe haven for our children and a place where they build character through the competition of team sports.”

Bradley will be recognized for the Baseball Tomorrow Fund contribution during a field dedication ceremony at the Fort Greble Recreation Center on Tuesday, May 17 at 10:30 am. Bradley will be joined by the following dignitaries: Anthony Williams, Mayor, District of Columbia; Tony Tavares, President, Washington Nationals; Washington Nationals player Jeffrey Hammonds; and Mr. Tuohey.

In addition, that evening Bradley will present a ceremonial check for $100,000 to Tuohey, Bill Hall, D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission Board of Directors; Allen Y. Lew, D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission Chief Executive Officer, and members of the Ballou High School baseball team during a pre-game ceremony at RFK Stadium prior to the Nationals game against the Milwaukee Brewers (7:05 pm).

The D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission grant is the fourth and largest grant awarded in the greater Washington D.C. area by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. (A complete list of D.C. BTF grants is provided at the end of the release).

The D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission, an independent agency of the District of Columbia government, is responsible for the management and operation of Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, the D.C. Armory and their adjacent facilities. The Commission, overseen by an 11-member board of directors, is also charged with presenting and promoting sports, entertainment and special events in the District and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is designed to promote and enhance the growth of baseball throughout the world by funding programs, field improvements and equipment purchases to encourage and maintain youth participation in baseball and softball. Since its inception in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $8 million benefiting nearly 90,000 youth participating in more than 160 youth baseball and softball programs across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, U.S. Virgin Islands and Europe. For more information visit www.baseballtomorrowfund.com.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Grants – Greater Washington DC Area

-- A Greater Washington – Washington, DC – $32,470 (2003)
-- Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission – Capital Heights, MD – $60,000 (2003)
-- Satchel Paige Little League – Washington, DC – $16,130 (2001)
-- Takoma Park Babe Ruth Baseball League – Takoma Park, MD – $10,000 (2000)