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06/16/2005 1:00 p.m. ET
Baseball Tomorrow Fund awards $150K to Boys & Girls Clubs of greater Kansas City
Grant benefits youth by supporting renovation of four youth ball fields in the Kansas City Area

In support of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to increase youth participation in baseball throughout the world, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund awarded a grant of $150,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. The grant enabled the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City to provide funding to renovate four youth ball fields that will benefit approximately 1,000 young people. Additionally, the grant will facilitate the continued expansion of the Kansas City Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund will be recognized for its contribution on Monday, June 20 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new fields. The ceremony will take place at 6:15 p.m. (CDT) at the Cleveland Park, RBI Baseball Complex. Judy Heeter, Director of Licensing, MLB Players Association and Board member of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, will participate in the festivities. Heeter will be joined by a number of Kansas City Royals executives including: Dan Glass, President; Muzzy Jackson, Vice President & Assistant General Manger, Baseball Operations; and Ben Aken, Manager, Public Relations.

The grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City represents the fourth Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant awarded in Missouri and brings the total amount awarded to youth organizations within the state to more than $350,000. (A complete list of Missouri BTF grants is provided at the end of the release).

Founded in 1912, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City promotes the development of self-esteem, values and skills for boys and girls ages 5-18. The renovation of the four fields will benefit 885 Kansas City RBI participants. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City serves 6,000 members and sponsors the RBI program in addition to providing programming assistance to the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department for all youth sports.

RBI is a youth outreach program designed to promote interest in baseball, increase the self-esteem of disadvantaged children, and encourage kids to stay in school and off the streets. Managed by Major League Baseball in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, RBI programs have been initiated in more than 200 cities worldwide. The RBI Program annually provides as many as 120,000 boys and girls the opportunity to play baseball and softball.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund 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 has awarded grants totaling more than $8 million benefiting nearly 90,000 youth participating in more than 160 youth baseball and softball programs across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, U.S. Virgin Islands and Europe. For more information visit

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