MLB players give back for children
The Storm Lake Foundation has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, powered in part by Major League Baseball.
The Foundation will use the grant money to make improvements to four baseball and softball diamonds at its Field of Dreams complex in northwest Storm Lake.
The remaining grant funds will provide funding for the purchase of equipment such as gloves, bats, balls and helmets. The equipment will be used in a "Let's Play Sports" program, which will be implemented in the after-school program at the four public elementary schools.
Twelve years ago, the Storm Lake Foundation converted a farm field into the Field of Dreams, a facility that now serves nearly 300 local children.
The complex consists of four baseball/softball diamonds, as well as several soccer fields. The main goal of the foundation is to provide a better place for children of the community to get involved in sports recreation.
"The Baseball Tomorrow Fund has provided us with the opportunity to offer quality programs at a complex that provides a safe and fun environment for today's youth. The new equipment will allow us to go directly to the children at school to introduce them to the game. What a great opportunity for all of the children in the community," says Pat Fisher, Community Education Recreation Director.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a joint initiative between the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and Major League Baseball (MLB), 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 annually awards approximately $2 million to youth baseball and softball programs across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Europe.