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08/12/2005
Seattle youth organization to benefit from Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant
Grant provided as part of National Youth Baseball Equipment Collection Program

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 and Girls Club of King County. The grant is being awarded in conjunction with the national baseball equipment collection program supported by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.

As part of the national collection program, the Seattle Mariners will team with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund to collect new and used equipment, to benefit Seattle Parks and Recreation Department, prior to their game on Sunday, August 14th against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at 1:05 pm (PDT).

In addition, Seattle Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre, will present a check for $5,000 on behalf of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund to Anthony Brown, Athletic Director, Skyway Boys & Girls Club and David Takami, Communications Strategic Advisor, Seattle Parks & Recreation Department during a pre-game ceremony at Safeco Field on August 14th.

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. In support of the initiative, 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 chosen by the Club. In support of the initiative, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund awards a total of $5,000 to youth baseball or softball organizations in each participating market. Baseball Tomorrow Fund grants will be used to purchase new equipment for the 2006 season.

The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department is the leading provider of recreational programs and activities for school-age children in the city of Seattle. Each year, Seattle Parks and Recreation Department schedules its 123 baseball fields for thousands of players in 62 youth baseball leagues. The department also organizes numerous T-ball and girls softball teams.

With 12 full-service Clubs, and 28 before-and after-school program sites, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County is one of the largest of its kind in the nation, serving over 18,000 members annually. Program areas offered to youth include character & leadership development, education & career development, health & life skills, the arts, and sports/recreation.

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.

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