03/03/2011 11:33 AM ET
Minnesota Twins Community Fund announces 2011 grant and community outreach programs
Grant applications due March 11, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Twins Community Fund today announced its 2011 grant and community support programs. In 2011, the Twins Community Fund will distribute more than $1.5 million to promote and improve youth baseball, softball and education in the Upper Midwest, southwest Florida and Latin America.
The Twins Community Fund will operate the grant and community outreach programs listed below in 2011. Please visit www.twinsbaseball.com/community for program guidelines, printable grant/scholarship applications and additional information.
Grant/Scholarship Applications - Due March 11, 2011
Fields for Kids - Matching grants to help renovate or construct youth baseball and softball fields throughout the Upper Midwest, Southwest Florida and Latin America. Justin and Krista Morneau contribute $100 per RBI to the program annually.
Tournament Grants - Support Upper Midwest regional and national youth baseball and softball tournaments.
Youth Baseball/Softball Camp Scholarships - Provide economically-disadvantaged youth the opportunity to attend baseball/softball instructional camps, including Minnesota Twins Baseball and Softball Training Camps.
Competitive Youth Baseball/Softball Team Grants - Provide financial support for travel and operational costs for upper-level, travel baseball and softball teams in the Upper Midwest.
Youth Coaching Grants - Assist youth baseball and softball organizations in recruiting coaches for the youth teams in their leagues.
Hennepin County Youth Baseball and Softball Grants (applications available October 2011) - provides financial support to youth baseball and softball capital projects in Hennepin County.
Play Ball! Minnesota - A collaboration of youth baseball and softball organizers working together to promote and improve baseball and softball in the Upper Midwest. For more information on Play Ball! Minnesota, visit www.playballmn.com.
Play Ball! Minnesota Coaches Conference - An opportunity for youth baseball and softball coaches, administrators and volunteers to hear from top instructors on teaching baseball and softball skills and philosophy. Twins coaches, players, alumni and Play Ball! Minnesota members serve as conference presenters. The 2011 conference is scheduled for April 2 at Target Field.
Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics Presented by the Minnesota Twins Community Fund - Designed to teach basic fundamentals including hitting, fielding and throwing, while also providing participants with positive messages about staying in school and away from drugs and alcohol. No registration is required to participate in a clinic. The 2011 clinic schedule will be released in the coming weeks.
Kub's Kids - Funded by Jason Kubel, Kub's Kids provides support to Upper Midwest communities with the administration and operation of t-ball programs.
Rookie League and Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) - Provides funding to the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul to assist in the organization and execution of summer youth baseball and softball programs.
RBI Academy - Provides advanced baseball and softball skills training for RBI participants.
Diamonds and Dreams Scholarships - Provides $2,000 scholarships to Upper Midwest and Southwest Florida high school seniors in their pursuit of post-secondary education. (Visit www.twinsbaseball.com/community, and click on the "Community" link for program guidelines and a scholarship application.)
Carl R. Pohlad Award - Recognizes the outstanding community involvement and on-field performance of a current Twins player each season.
Kirby Puckett Award - Recognizes a Twins alumni player or coach who best exemplifies Kirby's legacy of community service and involvement.
Play Ball! Minnesota Terry Ryan Award - Recognizes a member of the Minnesota baseball and/or softball community that is a leader in supporting the game of youth baseball and/or softball by contributing to the advocacy and promotion of the game and its participants.
Ticket Donation Program
TwinsCare - Twins players and corporate partners donate Twins home game tickets to youth-serving nonprofit organizations. (Visit www.twinsbaseball.com/community for more information or a ticket donation application.)
The Twins Community Fund was established in 1991 with the mission to enrich local and regional communities by providing resources for the healthy development of children and families through an association with baseball, softball and the Minnesota Twins. The Twins Community Fund is governed by a community board of directors. New members in 2011 include Kris Compton of Alerus Financial, David Goldstein of Littler Mendelson P.C., Annemarie Hill of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, Robert Jasper of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Tink Larson of Minnesota State High School Coaches Association (retired), and Carol Rodgers of Carol Rodgers and Associates, Inc.. For a complete list of the Twins Community Fund's 2011 board of directors, visit www.twinsbaseball.com/community.
Through their founding partnerships with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field, Target, U.S. Bank, Best Buy, Delta Air Lines and Treasure Island Resort and Casino contribute annually to the Twins Community Fund. The Twins Community Fund also raises support through a variety of fundraising initiatives including TwinsFest (January 28-30, 2011) and Twins Welcome Home Luncheon (April 12, 2011). For more information or to make a contribution, visit www.twinsbaseball.com/community or call (612) 33-TWINS/800-33-TWINS.