Indians, Baseball Tomorrow Fund to host equipment collection to support CLE youth programs

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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 Cleveland Indians are teaming up with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) to host an equipment collection drive during the Cleveland Indians-Chicago White Sox series at Progressive Field. On September 7, fans are invited to donate new and used equipment, which will benefit the Cleveland Baseball Federation.

In conjunction with the equipment drive, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will award a grant of $5,000 to the Cleveland Baseball Federation for the purchase of new equipment. Cleveland Indians Pitcher Corey Kluber (subject to change) and a BTF representative will be on hand to present a ceremonial check to representatives from the Cleveland Baseball Federation during a pre-game ceremony on Sunday.

This year marks the 10th season the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has teamed with Major League Baseball clubs to supplement their existing equipment collection programs and to help facilitate the creation of new programs.

Last year, 31 organizations from Major League markets were awarded a BTF grant for the purchase of equipment or uniforms for youth baseball/softball leagues. The success of this program has only grown throughout the years as 95% of MLB teams participate in Equipment Day and continue to support the growth of baseball and softball. To date, over 100,000 pieces of equipment and approximately $1.6 million in total monetary donations have benefited organizations in need.

“As we celebrate the 10th season of the Equipment Day initiative, we are thrilled to see the program continue to grow and expand in its impact,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “The Clubs, players, and fans are an essential part of the program’s success in giving more children in our communities access to baseball and softball.”

About Cleveland Baseball Federation

This year marked 104 years that the Cleveland Baseball Federation (CBF), an independent non-profit organization has successfully assisted the City of Cleveland’s Recreation Department in the administration of its entire sandlot program. Without CBF, free of charge recreational youth baseball/softball would not exist in the city of Cleveland. Unlike other agencies, all of our programs are “free of charge” to any child and young adult living in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Playing organized sports aids in the development of responsibility, community, and perseverance. In addition it provides a necessary respite from the everyday stresses of everyday life.

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 more than 770 grants totaling $26 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia.  Approximately 330,000 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.

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