Seattle Mariners fans are encouraged to bring new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to Safeco Field on Saturday, July 14, when the Mariners take on the Texas Rangers (6:10pm start) for donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.
The equipment drive is part of the project known as the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a cooperative effort by Major League Baseball, individual teams and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The donated equipment and a $5,000 cash grant will be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County in the name of Mariners outfielder Casper Wells in honor of his commitment to youth baseball and softball. Wells and BTF Senior Grant Coordinator Meghan Chisholm will present the check during a pregame ceremony on Saturday.
Volunteers will be outside the gates of Safeco Field beginning at 5pm on July 14 to accept donations of new and gently used gloves, balls, bats, and other baseball and softball equipment. Cash contributions will also be accepted.
This year marks the eight season the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has teamed with Major League Baseball Clubs to supplement their existing equipment collection programs and to help facilitate the creation of new programs.
Last year, over 15,000 pieces of equipment and over $300,000 in monetary contributions were donated to youth baseball and softball organizations in Major League markets in conjunction with the Equipment Day initiative. To date, nearly 100,000 pieces of equipment and approximately $1,250,000 in cash donations has benefited organizations in need.
“As we celebrate the eighth season of the initiative, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund would like to thank all of the Clubs, players and fans that have contributed to its success” says Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “Every single contribution helped grow baseball and softball in our communities and we look forward to greater success in 2012 and beyond.”