Baseball Tomorrow Fund Awards City $60,000 Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Marge Jacobs, Grant Writer City of Port Isabel, Texas (956)943-0704 CITY OF PORT ISABEL RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE BASEBALL TOMORROW FUND (PORT ISABEL, TEXAS) (April 28, 2011) The City of Port Isabel announced today that it was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $60,000 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF). The grant will support the Laguna Madre Park Little League Field upgrade, and provide funding for field lights. The field lighting equipment will be provided through a partnership between BTF and Musco Lighting, Inc., a leader in the sports lighting industry. The City of Port Isabel owns and operates the Laguna Madre Park which includes a Little League Field. This field is used for tee ball, baseball, and softball by the children of the area, the school district, and the Boys and Girls Club. It is also used as a location for District 24, Texas West Little League Tournaments. The field still has its original lighting, which needs to be removed and replaced for the continued safety of the children who use this facility. The BTF grant will provide the funding for the City to purchase a new energy efficient "Green" lighting system from Musco Lighting, Inc. "This is a wonderful opportunity, not only for our program, but for the children who play the game," says Joe E. Vega, Mayor of the City of Port Isabel. "There will be a safer environment for the children to play; by updating the lighting equipment with newer technology the players' vision will be improved while on the field; and the City will benefit from the energy cost savings." "On behalf of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and Musco Lighting, Inc., we thank the City of Port Isabel for its commitment to youth baseball and softball in the community. We are pleased to support the continued growth of this program," added Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. Other major supporters of the project include Raul Loera, President of the Laguna Madre Little League Association and Mary A. Flores, CPO of the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Madre. The City of Port Isabel is still accepting in-kind and monetary contributions. Those interested in donating to the project may contact Edward Meza, City Manager, at 956-943-2682. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is 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 Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded over 525 grants totaling more than $19 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Approximately 220,000 youth players have benefited from programs and facilities supported by the fund. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund receives approximately 500 applications each year and awards grants on a quarterly basis after a selective review process. For more information, visit www.baseballtomorrowfund.com. Since 1976, Musco Lighting has specialized in the design and manufacture of systems for lighting recreation and athletic fields. Iowa-based with a worldwide reach, Musco is recognized as a world-class leader in sports lighting with lighting systems installed around the globe. Working with organizations such as Amateur Softball Association, Babe Ruth League, England and Wales Cricket Board, Little League Baseball?, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, and the NBA, Musco has played a key role in developing guidelines for safe, efficient sports facilities. Musco provides the Official Sports-Lighting System for Little League Baseball and was selected to light Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex - a state-of-the-art 200-acre complex with facilities for more than 30 sports. The City of Port Isabel is a family-oriented community located at the Southeastern tip of Texas in the Laguna Madre area of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. As one of the oldest cities in extreme south Texas, Port Isabel has a long and interesting history dating back to 1519 when it was charted by Spanish explorer Alonzo de Pineda. Once a seaport, and then a fishing and shrimpers' village, the city now offers ecotourism as the main economic catalyst. Many city-sponsored programs such as swimming, baseball, soccer, football, and other outdoor activities are available to all of the area children.
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