Allentown School District Foundation Receives $116,000 Grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund

Allentown School District Foundation Receives $116,000 Grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund
Posted on 10/17/2018

The Allentown School District Foundation announced today that it was recently awarded a $116,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), the grant program supported by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association designed to promote youth baseball and softball participation.  The grant will provide funding for renovations at the William Allen High School baseball and softball fields. 

Allentown School District offers baseball and softball programs and works with local summer programs including American Legion, Connie Mack, and the Lehigh Valley RBI program.  The BTF grant will provide funding for renovation of the baseball field playing surface, dugouts, and backstop and for the renovation of the softball field dugouts.  Construction is scheduled to begin this month for completion by November 2018.

“Starting with the 2019 season, the William Allen Canary Baseball Team will be sporting an entirely new image on the playing field, thanks to the financial support of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund,” says Rob Leskosky, William Allen High School baseball coach. “Our student players are especially excited to be connected to BTF. The new infield, playing surface, dugouts, batting cages, backstop, scoreboard, fencing and well… just about everything will be new! We are grateful.”

”The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is honored to support the growing youth baseball and softball in Allentown,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “On behalf of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, we thank the Allentown School District and its partners for providing quality programs and facilities to young players.  It’s much-needed projects like this that ensure a fun, safe experience for kids to learn and play the game.”

The Allentown School District Foundation accepts in-kind and monetary contributions for school programs and facilities. Those interested in donating to the project may contact Susan L. Williams at 484-765-4093.


About Allentown School District Foundation

Pursuing a vision of developing enriched education for Allentown School District students, the ASD Foundation has a mission to encourage, promote, and support innovative educational experiences for students in the Allentown School District. Since its founding in 2009, the Foundation has raised almost $3 million for supplemental programming in ASD schools. Strategic priorities include science, music, literacy and arts programs, plus important district conduit projects such as this one.  If you would like to learn more, please contact the Foundation at 484-765-4093 or williamssu@allentownsd.org. The mailing address is P.O. Box 328, 31 South Penn Street, Allentown, PA 18105; the website is www.allentownsd.org/asdf; or follow ASDF on Facebook.

 

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 the MLBPA and MLB in 1999, BTF has awarded more than 1,000 grants totaling over $34 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. 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 and Twitter.

 

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