MAC RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE BASEBALL TOMORROW FUND

 GRANT FUNDS AWARDED FOR FIELD RENOVATIONS AT SCHEVE PARK

Mascoutah, IL, August 11, 2016– The Mascoutah Athletic Commission today announced that it was recently awarded a $46,943 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), a joint initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The grant will support the renovations of youth baseball fields and the construction of a softball field in Scheve Park.

Portions of Scheve Park will undergo renovation beginning in the fall of 2016, with completion anticipated by the spring of 2017. The project will include the replacement of deteriorated fences and backstops on three baseball fields located and the construction of a field dedicated to girls’ softball. The renovated complex will provide a safe environment for youth baseball and softball participants and spectators, while also rejuvenating the look of Scheve Park. The BTF grant will provide funding for fencing and the construction of the softball field.

“Investing efforts to provide nicer facilities and opportunities for the youth in Mascoutah, will provide great returns for our community” said Nick Seibert, Mascoutah Athletic Commission President. “Participation in youth sports develops life skills such as teamwork, character, personal development, and dedication. The renovations to Scheve Park will allow for increased opportunity for the residents to enjoy a refreshed look and higher quality facilities for Mascoutah’s youth.”

Mark Beer, project manager and founder of the Mascoutah Athletic Commission added “I am excited about the fence renovation project and the addition of a girls’ softball field in Scheve Park. I believe this project will help increase participation of our youth in baseball and softball, increase the safety of players and spectators, and create a great atmosphere for our youth players. I want to thank the Baseball Tomorrow Fund for helping fund this project, and I look forward to seeing a lot of happy kids on opening day of the baseball and softball seasons next year.

”The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is proud to support the field renovations and construction in Scheve Park,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “On behalf of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, we thank the Mascoutah Athletic Commission and the City of Mascoutah for the efforts to expand opportunities for young baseball and softball players in the community by providing safe and quality playing fields.”

Other major supporters of the project include the Mascoutah Khoury League, Mascoutah Noon Lions Club, South Mascoutah Jaycees, Mascoutah Evening Lions Club, Mascoutah Township, Mascoutah Equipment Company Inc, Mascoutah Tuesday Woman’s Club, Wehmeyer Seed Company, Team Mascoutah Athletics, and the Mascoutah Softball League. The Mascoutah Athletic Commission is still accepting in-kind and monetary contributions for a new backstop for one field, DuraEdge® engineered infield soil mix for two infields, and lights for two fields. Those interested in donating to the project may do so by contacting us or visit donating on line.

About Mascoutah Athletic Commission

The Mascoutah Athletic Commission was formed in 2014 with the goal of renovating and updating the baseball field in an effort to reduce rainouts and increase play of both baseball and softball. Since 2014, the Mascoutah Athletic Commission has installed DuraEdge® engineered infield soil mix on four infields in Scheve Park. The Mascoutah Athletic Commission works with the Mascoutah Khoury League and Team Mascoutah baseball and softball organizations to provide a better baseball and softball experience to over 350 youth players. The Mascoutah Athletic Commission looks forward to improving and expanding the baseball and softball experience in Scheve Park. The City of Mascoutah is home to approximately 8,000 residents; the Mascoutah school district has an enrollment of approximately 3,700 students.

About the Baseball Tomorrow Fund

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 the MLBPA and MLB in 1999, BTF has awarded more than 900 grants totaling over $30 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. BTF also facilitates league-wide initiatives including the collection and distribution of new and gently used equipment to organizations in need as well as field maintenance education clinics. For more information, visit baseballtomorrowfund.com and follow BTF on Facebook, Twitter and MLBlogs.


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