The grant recipients will be honored during a pre-game ceremony prior to tonight's game with the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation instituted the Grant Program to 2012 as another means to promote the growth and development of youth baseball and softball. Since its creation in 1992, the Rangers Foundation has constructed 12 baseball fields and supported thousands of children playing for RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and Miracle League programs. Seven grants were awarded in the first year of the program in 2012 and an additional 11 were presented in 2013.
In February 2014, the Texas Rangers and Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company announced a 10-year agreement establishing Globe Life Park in Arlington as the new name for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. As part of the agreement with the Rangers, Globe Life is making a substantial commitment to support youth baseball and softball programs in the Rangers' five-state territory by joining with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation in the grant partnership program.
Based in McKinney, Texas, Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company has been serving the life insurance needs of American families since 1951. Globe Life has 3.9 million policyholders and more than $60 billion dollars of life insurance in force.
Organizations were asked to complete a proposal describing how funding from the grant would allow them to give youth in their area the opportunity to play either baseball or softball. The winners were selected based need and the ability of the proposed program to improve baseball programs in their local areas. FOX Sports Southwest helped to promote the grant program throughout the Rangers entire television territory.
The 2014 Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation grant recipients:
- Baird (TX) Baseball, Inc.
Funds will be used for a complete overhaul of a regulation size baseball field.
- China Sports Youth Athletic Association, China Springs, TX
Funds will be used to replace bleachers and provide lighting for ballpark.
- Dallas (TX) Youth Athletic Association
Funds will be used for field equipment and assistance with field rentals for instructional use.
- Jewish Community Center of Dallas, TX
Funds will be used to support the baseball component of the JCC Maccabi Games.
- Jordan Casey Wright Foundation, Celeste, TX
Funds will be used for lighting for Celeste High School baseball field.
- Kaplan (LA) Youth Athletic Association
Funds will be used for fast pitch softball field improvements.
- Miracle League of East Texas, Longview, TX
Funds will be used for construction of a Miracle League field.
- Pioneer Youth Baseball and Softball Association, Saginaw, TX
Funds will be used to renovate a playing field.
- Project938.org, Haltom City, TX
Funds will be used to install scoreboard, new lighting, and additional bleachers on baseball field.
Funds will be used to help start a new Jr. RBI program in Dove Springs area.
- YMCA of Central Texas, Waco, TX
Funds will be used for expansion of t-ball program to include coach pitch program.
About Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation: The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children in need within our community and provides funding for youth in crisis, youth health initiatives, youth baseball programs, and youth education. Celebrating its 23rd year, the Foundation has given back more than $13 million to help children in need.