Angels Baseball, Baseball Tomorrow Fund and Chevrolet to Host Equpment Drive

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 Angels are teaming up with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) and Chevrolet to host an equipment collection drive during the Angels-Mariners series at Angel Stadium on August 11, 2012 fans are invited to donate new and used equipment, which will benefit the East Anaheim Little League and the Orange County Lionettes.        

In conjunction with the equipment drive, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will award a grant of $3,000 to East Anaheim Little League and a grant of $2,000 to the Orange County Lionettes for the purchase of new equipment. Chevrolet, through its partnership as the official ride of Angels Baseball, as the Presenting Sponsor of the Equipment Drive will also grant the two organizations with $2,500 donations to benefit their youth baseball and softball teams.  Chevrolet is a Proud Supporter of Youth Baseball.            

This year marks the eighth 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.

Last year, over 15,000 pieces of equipment and over $300,000 in monetary contributions were donated to youth baseball and softball organizations in Major League markets in conjunction with the Equipment Day initiative.  To date, nearly 100,000 pieces of equipment and approximately $1,250,000 in cash donations has benefited organizations in need.

“As we celebrate the eighth season of the MLB/BTF Equipment Day collection initiative, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund would like to thank the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for their continued support," said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. "We are pleased to support the East Anaheim Little League and Orange County Lionettes' youth baseball and softball programs and we are grateful to all the players and fans that will help make this collection a success."

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 over 600 grants totaling more than $22 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. Approximately 300,000 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.

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