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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – Childress Little League hit a homerun with a grant from Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation that will improve its program.
“The Little League is very excited to receive this grant,” said Childress Little League President Kelly Taylor. “We will use the funds toward field maintenance and new equipment.”
Childress Little League is one of 12 organizations in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas that received grants to support their baseball and softball programs, according to a release from the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and Globe Life announced the 2020 Texas Rangers Baseball and Softball Grant Program recipients on FOX Sports Southwest on Aug. 18.
The Globe Life Texas Rangers Baseball and Softball Grant Program was established in 2012 to promote the growth and development of youth softball and baseball throughout the Rangers’ five-state television territory. In its ninth year, the Grant Program has donated funds to 90 different youth softball and baseball programs, contributing nearly $700,000, the release stated. This year they donated $60,000.
Childress Little League board member Chad Hall said they couldn’t operate the concession stand because of COVID-19, and that is their main source of funding apart from local team sponsors. With each participant insured in case of injury, that cost far exceeds signup fees and sponsorship funds.
“It makes it challenging to update and expand,” Hall said. “This grant will greatly improve our program. I am beyond thankful for the generosity of the Texas Rangers Grant Program helping our kids.”
Hall said the main goal is to extend the Machine Pitch Field to full size and provide much needed equipment for the kids.
Organizations were asked to complete a proposal describing how funding from the grant would allow them to give youth in their area the opportunity to play either baseball or softball. The release said grant recipients were selected based on need and the ability of the proposed program to improve youth programming in their local areas.
Grants can be used for equipment, construction projects, field renovations or other projects that help further the baseball and softball initiatives in that community.
Dorothy Foley’s six-year-old son Jaxon plays in the Childress Little League. She said she’s thankful for this grant for the new equipment and some much-needed repairs and improvements for the fields.
“Living in a small community there isn’t a lot for kids to do, and it is important to keep kids active and involved,” Foley said. “Thanks to this grant, the Childress Little League will be able to continue to do that.”
As part of the agreement with the Rangers, Globe Life made a substantial commitment to support youth baseball and softball programs in the Rangers’ five-state territory by joining with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation in the grant partnership program.
“The Foundation has been able to help nearly 100,000 kids through the Globe Life Texas Rangers Baseball and Softball Grant Program over the last nine years,” said Vice President of Community Outreach and Executive Director of the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation Karin Morris. “The 12 recipients this year will be able to use the funds to help grow their programs and further develop softball and baseball programs in their communities.”
The other 11 recipients of the 2020 Texas Rangers Baseball and Softball Grant Program recipients are Dumas Little League, Fossil Creek Little League Baseball in Fort Worth, Maypearl High School, Tom Bean Youth Sports Association, Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA, As Fathers We Unite in Fort Worth, Diamond Hill North Side Youth Athletic in Fort Worth, Birdtown Community Park in Park Solgohachia, Ark., B22 Sports Complex in Dry Prong, La., Riverdale High School in Jefferson, La and Bristow Girls Softball Association in Bristow, Okla.