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Rangers Foundation Awards Grants For Youth Baseball & Softball Programs

Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation today announced it has awarded grants to ten non-profit organizations in Texas and Louisiana to support youth baseball and softball programs.

The grant recipients will be honored during a pre-game ceremony prior to tonight's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

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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. For 2013, the ten grants total $80,000 in funds provided from the Rangers Foundation. Rangers pitchers Yu Darvish and Jason Frasor have assisted in donating funds for the grant program. Grant recipients are selected based on submissions from organizations within the team's five-state broadcasting region of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

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 2013 Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation grant recipients:

  • Belton (TX) Youth Baseball Association

Funds will be used to assist in the construction of a youth baseball field.

  • Bosqueville Baseball Association, Inc., Waco, TX

Funds will be used to build a new ADA accessible restroom facility.

  • Dripping Springs (TX) Youth Sports Association, Baseball & Softball

Funds will be used to build wheelchair ramps to access stadium bleachers.

  • City of Lancaster (TX) Parks and Recreation

Funds will be used to support the Major League Baseball RBI program in the city.

  • Mercy Street West Dallas (TX)

Funds will be used to purchase baseball and softball equipment.

  • North Bee County Little League, Pettus, TX

Funds will be used to assist with an upgrade of the water well and irrigation systems for playing fields.

  • North Vermillion Youth Association, Maurice, LA

Funds will be used to improve spectator viewing areas with the installation of awnings.

  • San Saba (TX) Youth Sports & Recreation Association

Funds will be used to purchase baseball and softball equipment.

  • City of Shreveport (LA)

Funds will be used to launch a Major League Baseball RBI program in the city.

  • YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Oak Cliff Branch

Funds will be used to help restore and maintain three playing fields.

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 22nd year, the Foundation has given back more than $12 million to help children in need.

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