Royals, Baseball Tomorrow Fund to host equipment collection

Equipment Donations, BTF Grant to Support Youth Programs in Kansas City

In support of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball, its clubs and the players to increase opportunities for youth participation in baseball and softball, the Kansas City Royals, along with pitchers Kelvin Herrera and Yordano Ventura, are teaming up with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) to host an equipment collection drive during the Mariners-Royals series at Kauffman Stadium. On Wednesday, September 23, fans are invited to donate new and used equipment, which will benefit the Alta Vista Charter School Baseball Program.

In conjunction with the equipment drive, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will award a grant of $5,000 to Guadalupe Educational Systems for the purchase of new equipment. Herrera and Ventura, who are in their second year as BTF Player Ambassadors, will be on hand to present a ceremonial check to representatives from the Guadalupe Educational Systems during a pre-game ceremony on Thursday, September 24.

This year marks the 11th season that the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has teamed with Major League Baseball clubs to supplement their existing equipment collection programs and to help facilitate the creation of new programs.

To date, more than $1.4 million in grants has benefited organizations in need.

"Our Equipment Day program continues to grow and expand in its impact in every Major League city," said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. "We thank the clubs, players, and especially the fans and local baseball and softball organizations for giving more children access to the game."

The mission of the Guadalupe Educational System - Home of Alta Vista High School - is to provide a rigorous and enriching learning experience that develops highly educated, socially conscious, culturally competent, contributing members of the community. Alta Vista High School provides a comprehensive education to prepare its students for college and career readiness skills required to be successful in the post-secondary environment and adult life. 

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 MLB and the MLBPA in 1999, BTF has awarded more than 770 grants totaling $26 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. Approximately 330,000 youth players have benefited from programs and facilities supported by the fund. 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, Twitter and MLBlogs.