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Miami youth organization to benefit from Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant
Grant provided as part of National Youth Equipment Collection Program, Luis' Gear for Kids Day

In support of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball, its Clubs and the players to increase opportunities for youth participation in baseball and softball, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund is awarding a grant for $5,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami. The grant is being awarded in conjunction with the national baseball equipment collection program supported by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and the Florida Marlins 2005 Luis' Gear for Kids Day.

As part of the national collection program, the Marlins will collect new and used equipment at Dolphins Stadium on August 14 prior to the Marlins game against the San Francisco Giants at 1:05 p.m. (EDT). All collected equipment will be donated to Luis' Gear for Kids, a fund within the Florida Marlins Community Foundation that is dedicated to making baseball dreams come true for children in the Dominican Republic. The equipment that is collected will be sent to the Dominican Republic during the off-season. All fans who donate equipment will receive a complementary autographed Luis Castillo player card.

Tina Tamayoshi, grant coordinator for the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, and a Marlins player will present a ceremonial check for $5,000 to representatives from Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami during a pre-game ceremony at Dolphins Stadium on August 14. Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami will use the Baseball Tomorrow Fund grants to purchase new baseball and softball equipment.

This marks the first year the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has teamed with Major League Baseball Clubs to augment their existing equipment collection programs and to help facilitate the creation of new programs. Participating Clubs collect new and used equipment at their ballparks prior to a selected home game(s) and donate the equipment to a local youth baseball or softball organization. In support of the initiative, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund awards a $5,000 grant in each participating market to a youth baseball or softball organization of the club's choice. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund grants will be used to buy new baseball and softball equipment for the 2006 season.

The mission of the Boys and Girls Club of Miami is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami was established in 1940. There are currently six clubs throughout Miami-Dade County. Boys & Girls Clubs is committed to serving children from all economic levels of society. It is especially important to serve children from disadvantaged neighborhoods and provide them with programs that enrich the lives of children in this community. Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the Official Charity of Major League Baseball.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, created to promote and enhance the growth of baseball throughout the world, provides funding for programs, field improvements and equipment purchases that encourage and maintain youth participation in baseball and softball. Since its inception in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $8.5 million. These grants have benefited more than 100,000 children participating in more than 170 youth baseball and softball programs across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, U.S. Virgin Islands and Europe.

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