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Barnhill Championship Field dedication set for Saturday, May 2 at Noon
05/01/2009 12:30 PM ET

MAINEVILLE, OH -- After over two years of tireless labor, Bill and BJ Barnhill will finally get to see kids play baseball on the field they built in honor of their son, Kevin.

The Kevin C. Barnhill Championship Field at Testerman Park will be the signature baseball and softball facility for the greater Hamilton Township area and will service the Warren County Little League and District #34 Little Miami Knothole Youth Baseball League.

The official dedication of the field is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Noon at Testerman Park, located at 8373 Loveland-Maineville Road., Maineville, OH 45039. The public and media are invited.

"It's been a two year labor of love" said Bill Barnhill. "We could not have brought this project to completion without the support of many project partners including Reds Community Fund, Baseball Tomorrow Fund, MSA Architects, National Bank and Trust Company, Hamilton Township Park Board, and construction partners Team All-Sports, Jackson Construction, Ashlee Fence Company, NeCamp Construction and Paradigm Construction."

A $55,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a joint initiative of MLB and the MLB Players Association, gave the project a significant boost toward the $300,000 fund-raising goal.

The field was designed by Michael Schuster Associates Inc., the same company that designed the Reds' home, Great American Ball Park. Features include continuous fencing around the perimeter of the field, enclosed dugouts and bullpens, an electronic outfield scoreboard, a concourse area with stadium-style bleachers and a press box, and a memorial plaza dedicated to Kevin Barnhill and those who have contributed to the project.

In addition to the field dedication, a Champions Baseball clinic will be held from 9 to 11:45 am, Reds great George Foster will be signing autographs from 11 am to 2 pm and kids can meet Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs from 10 am to 2 pm.

About Baseball Tomorrow Fund:
Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2009, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund is designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses. Since its formation by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded over 400 grants totaling almost $16 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Approximately 180,000 youth players have benefited from programs and facilities supported by the fund. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund receives approximately 500 applications each year and awards grants on a quarterly basis after a selective review process.

About Kevin C. Barnhill Memorial Scholarship Fund:
The Kevin C. Barnhill Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the family of Kevin C. Barnhill, a 1997 graduate of Little Miami High School, Maineville resident, and Cincinnati Reds front-office employee, who was murdered on August 26, 2006. The Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is administered by the Warren County Foundation, serves to honor Kevin's memory by giving back to the local community that he loved so much.

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