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06/27/2012 1:45 PM EST

Owatonna Huskies Bullpen Club awarded more than $45,000 by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund for the installation of Musco lighting equipment

Field lighting ceremony to take place on June 29

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awarded a grant in the amount of $45,134 to the Owatonna Huskies Bullpen Club for the installation of Musco Lighting on its youth baseball facility at Jaycee Park. The addition of lighting will provide more field availability by allowing evening practices and game times for approximately 500 players in Owatonna, Minnesota.

To celebrate the completion of the project, the Owatonna Huskies Bullpen Club will host a field lighting ceremony at Jaycee Park Field Complex on Friday, June 29th at 6:30 p.m. Senior Coordinator of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, Meghan Chisholm; Musco Lighting Representative, Craig Gallop and representatives from the Owatonna City Council will be on hand to take part in the festivities.

“The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is excited to provide this grant for field lighting at Jaycee Park,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director for the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “We understand that field availability is often a challenge for many youth baseball and softball programs, and we believe that the lights will provide additional opportunities for play. We would also like to thank Musco Lighting, Inc. for providing a generous discount for its top quality lighting equipment. Projects like this would not be possible without Musco’s support.”

“It was an honor to work on this project with the Owatonna Huskies Bullpen Club,” said Gallop. “The Owatonna Huskies Bullpen Club involved the entire Owatonna community in their efforts to turn their dream of a lighted baseball field into a reality.” 

 “Community partnerships have been beneficial to the Owatonna Huskies Bullpen Club,” said Huskies Bullpen Club Board Member Steve Zappa. “It has been a pleasure to work with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and Musco Lighting to accomplish this project.”

About the Baseball Tomorrow Fund

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball 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 MLB and the MLBPA in 1999, BTF has awarded approximately 600 grants totaling more than $22 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. Approximately 300,000 youth players have benefited from programs and facilities supported by the fund. BTF also facilitates league-wide initiatives including the collection and distribution of new and gently used equipment to organizations in need as well as field maintenance education clinics.  For more information, visit baseballtomorrowfund.com and follow BTF on Facebook, Twitter and MLBlogs.

About Musco Lighting

Musco Lighting, a proud partner of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, has specialized in the design and manufacture of athletic field lighting for over 35 years. Recognized around the globe as the world-class leader in sports lighting, Musco’s Green Generation Lighting® enhances the playing of Americas favorite pastime while cutting energy costs and the impact on the environment. Working with organizations such as the Amateur Softball Association, Babe Ruth League, Disney, Little League Baseball, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, and the NBA, Musco has played a key role in developing guidelines for safe, efficient sports facilities. Musco is a proud partner with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Little League® Baseball and Softball, Babe Ruth League, Minor League Baseball, and the Amateur Softball Association. For more about Musco Sports Lighting, visit musco.com

About the Huskies Bullpen Club

The Huskies Bull Pen Club (HBC) has a history of providing great baseball experiences for over 500 plays in Owatonna, Minnesota. the youth it serves. The underlying philosophy is to provide each participant the opportunity and encouragement to pursue their own level of excellence within the context of baseball, the team sport. For more information, visit owatonnabaseball.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.