The City of Delta announced this week that it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $10,232 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF). The grant will support replacement of old worn out and unsafe youth baseball and softball equipment and provide funding for all brand new helmets, catchers' gear, batting tees and bats.
Safety has been a huge concern for the children playing in the baseball/softball programs the last few years as equipment has become broken, old, worn out and just plain unsafe for kids. Due to budget constraints only minimal equipment has been replaced but now with the help of Baseball Tomorrow Fund all necessary equipment will be replaced with new. The goals of this project are to enhance existing program by replacing worn out and inappropriately sized unsafe equipment, enhance and insure the safety of children participating in the program by providing new equipment and to expand the program in 2018, allowing for greater playing time, greater interest and continued participation from children.
"This is a wonderful opportunity, not only for our program, but for the children who play the game," said Whitnee Lear, sports coordinator for the City of Delta. "This grant is going to allow us to continuously grow our program and provide a safe, fun and non-competitive foundation for youth sports teams."
Since its inception in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund annually awards approximately $2 million to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is designed to be sufficiently flexible to enable applicants to address needs unique to their communities. The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is now funded annually by MLB and Players Association. For more information, visit www.baseballtomorrowfund.com.
The City of Delta's programs have been very successful in increasing participation, introducing children to love "America's favorite pastime," instilling the values of good sportsmanship and growing in personal and team accomplishment. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund Grant will just aid the city in this growth.
The City of Delta is also accepting monetary contributions toward a youth scholarship program to help those individuals in need of assistance to participate. Those interested in donating to the project may contact Renee Ealey at 970-874-0923.