08/01/2005 3:40 PM ET
Baseball Tomorrow Fund, Peace Corps support world growth of baseball
Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant expected to benefit more than 2,400 youth in eight countriesAs part of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to increase youth participation in baseball and softball throughout the world, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund awarded a grant of $65,695 to the United States Peace Corps. The grant, which is expected to benefit more than 2,400 youth in eight countries, will provide funding for Peace Corps programs in which volunteers will be able to explain the game of baseball and teach core baseball and softball skills.
Peace Corps volunteers in Bulgaria, Turkmenistan, Moldova, Samoa, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Panama are working in conjunction with local organizations and officials in those countries to establish or enhance existing youth baseball and softball programs. A country-by-country description of each project follows at the end of the press release.
"Major League Baseball, its Clubs and its players are committed to enhancing opportunities for youth throughout the world to experience the thrill of baseball and softball," said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director, Baseball Tomorrow Fund. "The Peace Corps grant will help facilitate the growth of existing baseball and softball programs while also introducing the game to even more children."
"Sharing the national pastime with youth around the world does more than just encourage kids to improve their athletic skills," said Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez. "Peace Corps youth development volunteers can attest that having focused, fun activities, such as baseball, helps youth increase their self-esteem, set goals, encourage team-building and prevents kids from engaging in delinquent behavior."
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Following are the countries receiving a Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant and a description of each project:
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