Rotterdam United Baseball to host field dedication ceremony

WHAT:            Rotterdam United Baseball (RUB) will hold a field dedication ceremony beginning at 4:00 p.m. Central European Time on Friday, June 28th. The Dutch National Baseball Team will be on hand to celebrate the renovation of a multi-use field into a youth baseball field in the Rotterdam municipality of Kralingen Crooswijk. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund provided a grant in the amount of $39,269 USD to finance the renovation project.


WHO:              Jason Holowaty – Director, Market Development-Europe Middle East and Asia,  Major League Baseball
Cathy Bradley – Executive Director, Baseball Tomorrow Fund
Steve Janssen – Coach, Dutch National Team
Robert Eenhoorn – Director of Baseball Operations, KNBSB (Dutch Baseball Federation) and Former MLB Player
Wim van Heest – Recreation Director, Kralingen Crooswijk
Marco van Rijn – Former Recreation Director, Kralingen Crooswijk


WHEN:            Friday, June 28th, 2013
                        2:00 p.m. – Youth Tournament
                        4:00 p.m. – Field Dedication, Formal Remarks and First Pitch
                        4:40 p.m. – Dutch National Baseball Team Conducts Drills with Local Youth


WHERE:          Crooswijksestraat 93
                        Kralingen Crooswijk, Rotterdam

DETAILS:       Rotterdam United Baseball was established in 2002 to promote and organize baseball in the Rotterdam area of the Netherlands. The organization will offer the “Street Baseball” program, developed by the Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation to facilitate the development of the game at the youth level. The field renovation project will allow RUB to establish the program in the municipality of Kralingen Crooswijk.    RUB will host baseball and softball skills clinics, lessons and games, all facilitated by experienced instructors. The Neptunus, a nearby baseball club, will also provide skills clinics and lessons at the new field and at its existing home field.


QUOTE:          “The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is pleased to support efforts to grow the game of baseball internationally,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “The development of baseball in the Netherlands is encouraging, and we are happy that Rotterdam United Baseball and the Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation have made youth programs a priority.”