The Baseball Tomorrow Fund awards $170,000 to Cleveland County ALWS Baseball

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) has awarded a grant in the amount of $170,000 to Cleveland County ALWS Baseball for the upgrade of field lighting at Keeter Stadium. Musco Lighting, Inc., a leader in the sports lighting industry, provided the field lighting equipment at a significant discount through its partnership with BTF.

In recognition of the grant, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will present a check to Cleveland County ALWS Baseball, Inc. during a ceremony on Saturday, August 18th at the 2012 American Legion World Series, prior to Game 8 of the series, at 8:00 p.m. The presentation will take place on Veterans Field at Keeter Stadium, located on the campus of Shelby High School. Senior Coordinator of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, Meghan Chisholm; American Legion National Commander, Fang Wong; Cleveland County ALWS Committee Chairmen, Eddie Holbrook and Jim Horn and a host of military veterans and active duty personnel will be on hand to take part in the presentation.

"This is a wonderful opportunity, not only for our program, but for the children who play the game," says Eddie Holbrook, Co-Chairman of the Cleveland County ALWS Executive Committee. "We look forward to a lasting partnership with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and Musco Lighting, as we are very thankful for their support."

"The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is pleased to support the Cleveland County ALWS in its efforts to provide quality programs and facilities for American Legion Baseball in this community," said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.  "We would like to thank Musco Lighting, Inc. for its continued commitment to the projects we support.  Opportunities like this would not be possible without Musco's involvement."

"What an honor it was for Musco Sports Lighting to be a part of this project," added Dina Neeley, Musco Field Sales Representative. "It was truly inspiring to watch those who worked tirelessly to make this vision a reality. It doesn't get any better than this!"

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 over 620 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.

About Musco Lighting
Musco Lighting, a proud partner of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, has specialized in the design and manufacture of athletic field lighting for over 35 years. Recognized around the globe as the world-class leader in sports lighting, Musco's Green Generation Lighting® enhances the playing of Americas favorite pastime while cutting energy costs and the impact on the environment. Working with organizations such as the Amateur Softball Association, Babe Ruth League, Disney, Little League Baseball, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, and the NBA, Musco has played a key role in developing guidelines for safe, efficient sports facilities. Musco is a proud partner with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Little League® Baseball and Softball, Babe Ruth League, Minor League Baseball, and the Amateur Softball Association. For more about Musco Lighting, visit musco.com.

About the Cleveland County ALWS Baseball Inc.
Cleveland County ALWS Baseball, Inc. was organized in 2010 to partner alongside other community organizations for the betterment of Cleveland County, North Carolina. Through efforts of Co-Chairmen, Eddie Holbrook and Jim Horn, the organization along with tremendous local support were named the permanent Home of The American Legion World Series. The 2011 World Series shattered attendance records set more than 70 years ago. The 2012 Series will be held at Keeter Stadium in Shelby August 17-21, 2012.