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08/11/2005
Houston youth organization to benefit from Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant
Grant provided as part of National Youth Baseball Equipment Collection Program

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 $5,000 grant to Baseball City, an initiative of the Refuge Community Development Center. The grant is being awarded in conjunction with the national baseball equipment collection program supported by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.

As part of the national collection program, the Houston Astros will team with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund to collect new and used equipment in the lobby of Union Station on Saturday, August 13 prior to the Astros game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:05 pm (CDT).

In recognition of the program, the Houston Astros infielder Morgan Ensberg will present a $5,000 check to representatives from the Refuge Community Development Center on behalf of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund during a pre-game ceremony at Minute Maid Park. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund donation will be used to purchase new equipment for Baseball City participants. When completed, Baseball City, a baseball complex in Houston's Third Ward, will feature four high-quality baseball fields, batting and pitching cages, classrooms, and concession stands.

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 the program, 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 youth baseball and softball-related initiatives.

Baseball City endeavors to restore baseball to the inner city at the grass-roots level and to establish an environment for teaching Judeo-Christian values and life skills to inner-city children. Baseball City will increase employment opportunities in the Houston inner city through skill development and jobs in concession stands, grounds maintenance, coaching and umpiring.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund was 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. These 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.

For more information about Baseball Tomorrow Fund visit: www.baseballtomorrowfund.com.