LA’s BEST Receives Grant From the Baseball Tomorrow Fund
December 3, 2009
LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program announced today that it was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $ 34,148.22 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF). The grant will support the LA’s BEST Spring softball program and provide funding for softballs, ball buckets, vinyl bases, umpire shirts, dry line markers, equipment bags and coaching clinic funds.
LA’s BEST benefits children that live in Los Angeles communities that are most vulnerable to high crime, high levels of gang activity and high rates of poverty. The after school hours between 3 and 6 p.m. are the hours in which children are vulnerable to juvenile crime and risky behaviors. Giving students the chance to remain safely supervised after school reinforces learning and keeps kids engaged in activities that teach them skills like teamwork. For many students, LA’s BEST is the only place they have the opportunity to participate in team sports. The softball program at LA’s BEST attracts more than 4,000 boys and girls each season.
"The Baseball Tomorrow Fund has provided our softball program with such a great opportunity,” said Chief Operating Officer Debe Loxton. “The grant will support our season by providing much needed equipment and enable our agency to host an intensive, hands-on training experience for our coaching staff. More than 240 teams and their respective coaches will have their most enhanced softball season ever as a result of the support provided by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund."
“The Baseball Tomorrow Fund appreciates the LA’s BEST commitment to youth baseball and softball in its community. We are pleased to support the continued growth of this program,” added Cathy Bradley, Executive Director or the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.
Other major supporters of the project include the LA84 Foundation, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the City of Los Angeles. LA’s BEST is still accepting in-kind and monetary contributions. Those interested in donating to the project may contact Laura Martinez at 213-978-2192.
About the Baseball Tomorrow Fund
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is 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 Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded over 450 grants totaling more than $17 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Approximately 180,000 youth players have benefited from programs and facilities supported by the fund. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund receives approximately 500 applications each year and awards grants on a quarterly basis after a selective review process. For more information, visit www.baseballtomorrowfund.com.
About LA's BEST
LA's BEST - Better Educated Students for Tomorrow - is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving more than 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program provides a safe haven for children ages 5 to 12 at 180 elementary school sites each day during the critical hours after school - at no cost to parents. Established in 1988, LA's BEST is a partnership including the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector. For more information, please visit www.lasbest.org.