Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, today announced the recipients of the “Fields for Kids” matching grant program for the fall of 2012. The third round of grants for the 2012 season will be awarded to six different organizations, impacting four counties in western Pennsylvania as groups in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Mercer and Lawrence counties all received matching grants.
This marks the third and final of the 2012 grant cycles as a combined 31 grants were distributed in 2012 by “Fields for Kids” program, totaling nearly $132,000 in matching funds to 14 counties throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. Out of the 31 total grants, 18 were distributed within Allegheny County.
“We are pleased to be able to contribute to these local community organizations and have a small part in not only maintaining and restoring these fields, but in many areas ensuring the safety of the youth who utilize them,” said Bob Nutting, Chairman of both the Pirates and Pirates Charities. “The Fields for Kids program is a very successful initiative for the Pirates and Pirates Charities and we are proud to support thousands of area youth with the opportunity to enjoy the game we all love in a positive and encouraging environment.”
Third round recipients within Allegheny County include the Borough of Pleasant Hills, which will utilize funds to continue a three-year improvement project that began in 2010 to replace their 45-year-old dugouts. Pirates Charities has assisted the organization with a matching grant each year to ensure the project’s completion. More than 650 players take part in the 56-team league.
Brentwood Athletic Association will update their lighting system to benefit the more than 320 players who participate in the league. The Wilmerding YMCA will utilize their grant to purchase a new riding mower and push mower to ensure the organization is able to maintain the quality and safety of the field. More than 65 players participate in the 6-team league.
Throughout western Pennsylvania three additional organizations and counties will benefit from the third round of grants as the City of New Castle in Lawrence County, which serves over 360 children, will utilize funds to renovate the playing surface, and install a warning track at the city’s Dean Field. The Mount Pleasant Area Little League in Westmoreland County will use their grant to recondition dirt infields and replace fencing for the more than 230 youth who are served by the association.
The Lakeview Knothole Little League in Mercer County will utilize their matching grant for overall field renovations including purchasing a new scoreboard and installing new fencing for the more than 240 youth who participate in the program.
The “Fields for Kids” program is one of Pirates Charities’ signature programs and provides financial support to improve youth baseball and/or softball facilities through matching grants of $1,000 to $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.
Youth baseball and softball organizations located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Florida have received a total of 114 grants totaling nearly $490,000 from Pirates Charities since the Fields for Kids program’s inception in 2009.
To find out more information on the “Fields for Kids” program, please visit pirates.com/piratescharities.