Major League Baseball Groundskeepers and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) will help unveil the newly renovated Orange High School baseball field in Orange, CA, on Tuesday, January 10. The school, which was selected for the MLB Groundskeepers’ annual renovation service project, received a grant of $40,000 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund toward the renovation valued at more than $100,000.
Renovations to the Orange High School baseball field began in May 2011 with funding from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and donations from conference sponsors, The Toro Company, Turface Athletics and Covermaster Incorporated, as well as local vendors. Improvements to the facility include the installation of an automatic irrigation system, infield and outfield renovations, backstop repair, and batting cage upgrades.
For more than 12 years, the Major League Baseball Groundskeepers convene for industry meetings, during which the Groundskeepers renovate a community baseball field in need of repair. The project is spearheaded by Barney Lopas, Director of Field Operations for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, with assistance from nine members of his grounds crew. Approximately 25 MLB Clubs will be represented at the event to complete finishing touches on the field.
“For the fourth consecutive year, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund is honored to collaborate with the MLB Groundskeepers, The Toro Company, Covermaster and Turface Athletics in a field renovation to support the growth of youth baseball,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “We are pleased to support not only the Orange High School teams but all local players that will benefit from a quality field.”
In addition to Orange High School baseball teams, the field will serve the Orange Little League, an organization established in 1958 that serves nearly 300 boys and girls ages 5-14. Orange High School also plans to host free baseball camps and clinics for youth in the community.
“On behalf of our school and surrounding community, I want to thank the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, partners, volunteers and workers for their involvement in revitalizing our field,” said Ernie Gonzalez, Principal of Orange High School. “The upgrades to the facility will increase interest in the sport of baseball and create a safe place for children to enjoy playing the game for years to come.”
To celebrate the completion of the project, Orange High School will host a grand opening ceremony at the baseball field on Tuesday, January 10 at 1 p.m. Attendees will include representatives of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, Major League Baseball groundskeepers from around the league and school officials.
Schedule for January 10, 2012
Location: Orange High School Baseball Field, 525 N. Shaffer St., Orange, CA 92867
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: MLB Groundskeepers assist with completion of the baseball field.
1 – 2 p.m.: Ceremony to unveil field, VIP speakers.
Event Contact: Meghan Chisholm, Baseball Tomorrow Fund, (910)583-4262
Contact: Steve Arocho, Major League Baseball, (212) 931-7878
Greg Bouris, Major League Baseball Players Association, (212) 826-0808
About the Baseball Tomorrow Fund
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is 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 Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded over 550 grants totaling more than $20 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Approximately 250,000 youth players have benefited from programs and facilities supported by the fund. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund receives approximately 500 applications each year and awards grants on a quarterly basis after a selective review process. For more information, visit www.baseballtomorrowfund.com.
About Orange High School
Established in 1905, Orange High School (OHS) is one of four comprehensive high schools in the Orange Unified School District (OUSD) that serves approximately 2080 students in grades 9-12. The school is located in the City of Orange, just north of the historic district known as Old Towne Orange and under four miles from Angel Stadium. The students of OHS comprise a combination of students living primarily within the City of Orange; however, the school’s boundaries also encompass portions of Santa Ana, Garden Grove and Anaheim. The school’s ethnic population is approximately 87% minority and over 65% qualify for the free and reduced lunch program.