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White Sox, Cubs help fund youth sports programs

Clubs contribute $250,000 apiece to support baseball, softball efforts in city

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Chicago's inner-city youth baseball and softball programs received another significant boost on Thursday, this time with support from the city and its Major League teams.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with city officials, announced $6.5 million in new investments for Chicago parks aided by the White Sox and Cubs, who joined forces with the Park District capital investment to each contribute $250,000 to keep expanding baseball and softball programming.

As part of the financial investment, Palmer Park, Tuley Park and Jackie Robinson Park Southwest Elementary will all receive new turf fields, concessions, restrooms and other renovations. Youth programming will also expand citywide to allow children more opportunities to participate in organized baseball and softball.

"Though professional baseball fan allegiances may at times split the city in half, I commend the White Sox and the Cubs for coming together with the city to support all of Chicago's children, no matter the neighborhood," Emanuel said.

Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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