Connell receives grant for baseball, softball fields

July 18, 2013 

The North Franklin Eagle’s Nest was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $142,456 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF). The grant will support The Field of Dreams Baseball and Softball project and provide funding for backstops, fencing, irrigation and grass.

The North Franklin Eagle’s Nest organization will construct a four-plex facility that will consist of two baseball and two softball fields in Connell.

The fields will bring baseball and softball to more than 2,000 boys and girls in North Franklin County. The fields will be used for the school and summer seasons, but also provide fall ball, regional tournaments and summer camps to athletes from all over the Columbia Basin.

“We are so grateful for the support of our community and businesses that made this dream a reality,” said Gregg Taylor, Superintendent of the North Franklin School District. “It is partnerships like the North Franklin Eagle’s Nest, Baseball Tomorrow Fund, Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball that help small communities provide big opportunities for its youth. With this grant, the project will be able to be completed on a much quicker timeline than anticipated.”

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 more than 700 grants totaling more than $24 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia.

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