FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Cathy Lepik
Grady Grey Knights Athletic Booster Club Inc.
DBA Grady High School Dugout Club
GREY KNIGHTS ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB
RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE BASEBALL TOMORROW FUND
GRANT FUNDS AWARDED FOR A BATTING CAGE AT GRADY HIGH SCHOOL
Atlanta, Ga. – March 6, 2017 – Grady High School Dugout Club, a division of the Grady Grey Knights Athletic Booster Club Inc. announced today that it was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $9,500 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF). The grant will provide funding for the installation of a covered batting cage at Grady High School.
Grady High School is a public school serving 1,400 students. The school fields a boys’ JV and varsity team, as well as a girls’ softball team. The school allows 8th graders from its feeder school, Inman Middle School, to play in the high school program. The school campus does not accommodate a baseball or softball field. The grant will provide funding for the construction of a practice facility on the campus.
“We are honored to receive this grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and are deeply grateful to the BTF for recognizing our need for a batting cage.” said Myss Jelks, Grady High School Athletic Director and Head Softball Coach. “This is a big win for the baseball and softball programs at Grady.”
“On behalf of the entire Grady baseball community, I would like to thank the Baseball Tomorrow Fund for this grant,” said senior baseball player Jack Bannon. “Over the years, we have constantly struggled to find a place to practice on campus. The fact that upcoming Grady baseball players won’t have to struggle like we have in the past makes me extremely excited for the future of baseball at Grady High School.”
”The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is pleased to support the baseball and softball teams at Grady High School,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “On behalf of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, we commend the Grady Dugout Club for its efforts to provide the athletic teams much-needed practice facilities and equipment that will allow the players to succeed.”
Grady Grey Knights Athletic Booster Club Inc. is still accepting in-kind and monetary contributions for its programs and facilities. Those interested in donating to the project may contact Cathy Lepik, at 678-592-1056.
About Grady Grey Knights Athletic Booster Club Inc.
The Grady High School Dugout Club is a parent-run volunteer organization that supports baseball and softball through the Grady Grey Knights Athletic Booster Club Inc, a Georgia non-profit 501c3 formed in 2005. The mission of the Dugout Club is to provide financial support and advocacy for the baseball and softball programs. Its mission is to encourage more participation in baseball and softball by creating adequate facilities that will empower each student-athlete to have pride in themselves, their team and their school.
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.