A $60,000 grant to Emory & Henry will help the College renovate its softball field and expand youth and community involvement in the sport.
The grant comes from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, which is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The fund awards grants to organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities.
The funding supports the first phase of a renovations plan that will include the addition of dirt to the infield, laser grading of the infield, new sod in the outfield, improved drainage, installation of a new automatic irrigation system, the addition of a warning track, and the addition of some fencing.
Over the next two to five years, the College will embark on a complete renovation of the softball field as funds become available.
“The goal of this renovations plan is to provide a safe and more modern facility for softball. Many young girls in our area have limited opportunities to participate in quality sports programming, and we will offer a fall league and low-cost clinics to teams and individuals,” said Myra Sims, E&H director of athletics.
“This award is a wonderful investment in the community and Emory & Henry is grateful to have this chance to expand interest and participation in softball.”
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, which was launched during the 1999 World Series, began with a $10 million commitment by the MLB and the MLBPA. Since then, both parties have agreed to additional, annual contributions that have more than doubled the original commitment.
To date, the BTF has awarded more than 770 grants totaling more than $26 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations.