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09/07/2005 6:34 PM ET
Grant provided as part of National Youth Baseball Equipment Collection Program

In support of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball, its Clubs and the players to increase opportunities for youth participation in baseball and softball, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund is awarding a grant for $5,000 to Honoring the Father Ministries. The grant is being awarded in conjunction with the national baseball equipment collection program supported by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.

As part of the national collection program, the Texas Rangers will team with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund to collect new and used gloves at The Ballpark in Arlington prior to the game on Friday, September 9th against the Oakland Athletics at 7:05 pm (CDT). All collected equipment will be donated to Honoring the Father Ministries. In addition, Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will present a check for $5,000 to Texas Rangers pitcher John Wasdin during a pre-game ceremony on September 9th. Wasdin, a member of Honoring the Father Ministries, will accept the check on behalf of the organization.

This marks the first year the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has teamed with Major League Baseball Clubs to augment their existing equipment collection programs and to help facilitate the creation of new programs. In support of the initiative, participating Clubs collect new and used equipment at their ballparks prior to a selected home game(s) and donate the equipment to a local youth baseball or softball organization chosen by the Club. To date, more than 3,600 items have been collected for distribution to youth organizations. In support of the initiative, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund awards a total of $5,000 to youth baseball or softball organizations in each participating market. Baseball Tomorrow Fund grants will be used to purchase new equipment for the 2006 season.

Honoring the Father Ministries began in December of 1996 and uses athletes and trained professionals to conduct youth programs. Honoring the Father Ministries capitalizes on the love of sport and uses professional athletes who have committed themselves to helping others and bettering their communities.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, created to promote and enhance the growth of baseball throughout the world, provides funding for programs, field improvements and equipment purchases that encourage and maintain youth participation in baseball and softball. Since its inception in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $8.5 million. These grants have benefited more than 100,000 children participating in more than 170 youth baseball and softball programs across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, U.S. Virgin Islands and Europe.

For more information about Baseball Tomorrow Fund visit: www.baseballtomorrowfund.com.