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2012-12-13

Bandera Sports Complex receives Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant

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The Bandera Sports Complex announced that it was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $50,000 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF). The grant will provide funding for the purchase and installation of Musco Lighting equipment at the Senior League Field, a regulation baseball field located at the Bandera Sports Complex. Musco Sports Lighting, LLC, a leader in the sports-lighting industry, is providing the new field-lighting system at a significant discount through their partnership with BTF.
The Bandera Sports Complex is a 32-acre complex that includes three baseball fields, one softball field, soccer and flag football fields. The field lights at the Senior League Field will benefit 70 youth players annually and increase the number of teams from two to five.
"I'm so excited about the increased opportunity for young people to play baseball on the Senior League Field at the Bandera Sports Complex," said John Milner, Bandera Sports Complex Director. "The field lights will increase practice and game times, thus giving more teams the chance to participate in the great game of baseball. Also, the complex will serve as a center piece for the sport in our county by hosting tournaments."
"The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is pleased to provide this grant for field lighting at the Senior League Field at the Bandera Sports Complex," said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. "We applaud the organization's effort to encourage and support participation in youth baseball. We hope the addition of fields light will be a wonderful benefit to grow the game in the community. A special thanks our partner, Musco Lighting, Inc., for its continued support of our grant recipients. Without Musco's expertise and generosity, projects like this one would not be possible."
"We're happy to join Baseball Tomorrow Fund to help Bandera grow their youth programs," said Todd Oordt, Musco Sales Representative. "Additionally, Bandera will realize more than a 50% energy savings over a standard lighting system by using the Light-Structure Green™ system. They will have the added benefit of eliminating all maintenance for the next 25 years and still meet their desired light levels twice as long as other available technologies. We're pleased to help make this project happen."
Other major supporters of the project include Hal & Charlie Peterson Foundation and The Cailloux Foundation. The Bandera Sports Complex is still accepting in-kind and monetary contributions for additional youth field improvements. Those interested in donating to the project may contact Jean Heep at 830-460-3211.
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 MLB and the MLBPA in 1999, BTF has awarded over 665 grants totaling more than $23 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. Approximately 325,000 youth players have benefited from programs and facilities supported by the fund. 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 ML Blogs.
About Musco Sports Lighting, LLC
Musco Lighting, a proud partner of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, has specialized in the design and manufacture of athletic field lighting for over 35 years. Recognized around the globe as the world-class leader in sports lighting, Musco's Green Generation Lighting® enhances the play of America's favorite pastime, cuts energy costs, and lowers the impact on the environment. For more about Musco Lighting, visit www.musco.com.
About the Bandera Sports Complex
Established in 2002, the Bandera Sports Complex serves approximately 800 boys and girls, ages 5 to 18.
Bandera Sports Complex is located at 325 Optimist Way, off Highway 16, behind the Bandera Electric Cooperative and north of Mansfield Park. For more information about Bandera Sports Complex, visit www.banderasportscomplex.com.