On behalf of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), New York Mets Outfielder and Whitestone, New York native Mike Baxter will be donating new baseball equipment to young ballplayers from the Greater New York Sandlot Athletic Alliance (GNYSSA). GNYSAA was chosen by the New York Mets as their local BTF/MLB Equipment Day grant recipient. This effort is part of the league-wide BTF/MLB Equipment Day Initiative, which is in its seventh year.
Baxter will appear at the MLB Fan Cave in New York City, located on the corner of East 4th Street and Broadway, on Friday, August 26. Joining Baxter in support of the Equipment Day initiative will be Cathy Bradley, the Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and Mike O'Hara, the host at MLB Fan Cave.
The New York Mets are also teaming up with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) to host the BTF/MLB Equipment Day collection drive at Citi Field prior to the Mets vs. Braves on Saturday, August 27. This is in support of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball, Clubs and the players to increase opportunities for youth participation in baseball and softball. Fans are encouraged to donate new and gently-used equipment to benefit GNYSSA. GNYSSA currently serves more than 25,000 young people, ages 6-18, in the New York City Metropolitan Area through the games of baseball and softball.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is 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. Established by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund awards approximately $2 million annually to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.