Globe Life and Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation to Partner on Baseball and Softball Grant Program Again in 2015

Nonprofit organizations in club's five-state broadcasting region may apply for financial support for fourth consecutive year

Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will once again partner in 2015 on a grant program designed to provide assistance to youth baseball and softball programs in the club's five-state broadcasting region. It marks the fourth consecutive year for the project.

On February 5, 2014, the Rangers and Globe Life announced a 10-year agreement establishing Globe Life Park in Arlington as the new name for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. As part of the agreement, Globe Life made a substantial commitment to support youth baseball and softball programs through the Globe Life Texas Rangers Baseball and Softball Program, now in its second year.

Beginning today, the Rangers Foundation will be accepting proposals for grants for this baseball/softball grant program from nonprofit organizations that specifically support youth baseball or softball in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Arkansas. While the Rangers Foundation supports a number of other areas of focus, this grant program and all applications should be limited to support of youth baseball and softball. Grants can be used for equipment, construction projects, field renovations, or other projects that help further the baseball and softball in that community. Grants are not given for travel expenses.

In 2014, Globe Life and Rangers made 12 grant presentations totaling more than $110,000.00 to the following organizations: Baird Baseball, Inc.; China Spring Youth Athletic Association; Dallas Youth Athletic Association; Jewish Community Center of Dallas; Jordan Casey Wright Foundation; Kaplan (LA) Youth Athletic Association; Miracle League of East Texas; OD Wyatt High School; Pioneer Youth Baseball and Softball Association;; RBI Austin; and YMCA of Central Texas

In 2013, the Foundation awarded seven grants at more than $50,000.00: Paris Breakfast Optimist Club, Boys and Girls Clubs of Denison, East Wilco Challenger Sports, Battiest Baseball Team sponsored by Battiest Public School, RBI Austin, Arlington Girls Softball Association and Azle Little League. In 2013, more than $90,000 was distributed to 11 organizations: Belton Youth Baseball Association, Bosqueville Baseball Association, Inc., Dripping Springs Youth Sports Association, Baseball & Softball, City of Lancaster Parks and Recreation, McKinney Little League, Mercy Street West Dallas, North Bee County Little League, North Vermillion Youth Association, San Saba Youth Sports & Recreation Association, City of Shreveport, and YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Oak Cliff Branch.

The Rangers are assisted by the team's broadcasting partners, Fox Sports Southwest, 105.3 The FAN, and the Rangers Radio Network in promoting the grant program.

For more than 21 years, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation has supported youth baseball and softball through financial contributions and in-kind support. Since 1991, the Foundation has helped construct 12 youth ballparks and provides funding for more than 3,000 youth to play baseball under the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program) in Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth.

All grant proposals will be reviewed by Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation staff first to determine that the proposal is eligible and then by the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation Board of Directors. There is one grant cycle annually. Funding is limited to organizations supporting baseball and softball for children ages 18 and under. Grant requests must be for baseball and/or softball-related activities and will be accepted through June 30, 2015.

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ABOUT THE TEXAS RANGERS BASEBALL FOUNDATION: The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children in need within our community and provides funding for youth in crisis, youth health initiatives, youth baseball programs, and youth education. Celebrating its 24thyear, the Foundation has given back more than $13 million to help children in need.

ABOUT GLOBE LIFE: Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company, which employs 650 people at its offices in McKinney and Oklahoma City is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torchmark Corporation (NYSE: TMK), headquartered in McKinney. Globe Life is the largest issuer of ordinary individual life insurance policies in the U.S. since 2003 (as reported by credit rating agency AM Best based on number of policies). Torchmark's other insurance subsidiaries include American Income Life, Liberty National Life, United American, and Family Heritage Life. More information is available at