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Pirate Charities Award Grant To Monroe County Organization

By Staff | Nov 17, 2010

Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, distributed one of five third-round “Fields for Kids” matching grants to the Ohio Township Trustees in Monroe County, Ohio, on Oct. 20 to help in funding the construction of dugouts at the baseball and softball fields at the Hannibal Locks and Dam site along the Ohio River. This organization is one of 22 different grant recipients in 2010.

The Ohio Township Trustees hosts the Hannibal Baseball Association, which consists of seven tee ball, softball, and baseball teams with an age range of four to 14. The trustees recently entered into a long-awaited property lease with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the current site with the purpose of developing the fields. The grant was specifically used to construct new dugouts, as children were forced to sit on exposed benches loaned from the high school this past summer. The fieldwork was completed late last month and will be ready for play next spring.

“We were ecstatic when we found out we were awarded the matching grant,” said Amy Eggleston, fiscal officer for Ohio Township. “We truly believe that if not for this grant and the generous donations of others, our kids would still be on those same borrowed benches next season.We wish to extend our deepest appreciation to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization for their generosity and interest in making dreams come true.”

“Fields for Kids” provides financial support to improve youth baseball and/or softball facilities through matching grants of $1,000-5,000.Grant funds may be used for the upgrading of essential field components such as sod, infield playing surfaces, fencing, dugouts, and irrigation systems. Upgrades to the overall facility, including lights, bleachers, scoreboards, and concession stands are also eligible.

In three rounds in 2010, the “Fields for Kids” matching grant program has distributed a total of 22 grants worth more than $100,000.