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Boston youth organization to benefit from Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant
Grant provided in conjunction with Red Sox, BTF youth baseball equipment collection drives

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 Kids Gear for Baseball. The grant is being awarded in conjunction with the Boston Red Sox annual equipment drive and the national baseball equipment collection program supported by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.

The Red Sox will collect new and used equipment at Fenway Park on Sunday, August 14. All collected equipment will be donated to the Kids Gear for Baseball, an organization run by student volunteers who collect used baseball and softball equipment and distribute it to organizations in need. This is the Red Sox's second equipment collection drive of the 2005. The first, which was held on June 19, secured more than 350 items for Kids Gear for Baseball including gloves, bats, catcher's gear, helmets and baseballs.

Cathy Bradley, executive director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, and a Red Sox player will present a check for $5,000 to representatives from the Kids Gear for Baseball during a pre-game ceremony at Fenway Park on August 14 prior to the Red Sox game against the Chicago White Sox at 2:05 pm (EDT).

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. As part of this 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 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. The 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.