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09/13/2005 2:34 PM ET
Orange County youth to benefit from Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant
Grant provides more than $44K to support the establishment of five new RBI leagues

In support of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to increase youth participation in baseball throughout the world, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund awarded a grant of $44,920 to Boys & Girls Clubs Orange County Alliance.

The grant will enable Boys & Girls Clubs Orange County Alliance, which manages the Gene Autry Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program in conjunction with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Major League Baseball, to purchase new equipment and uniforms to support the growth of five new RBI programs, which are expected to benefit more than 500 youth, ages 12-18.

Tina Tamayoshi, Grant Coordinator, Baseball Tomorrow Fund, will present a ceremonial check to representatives from Boys & Girls Club Orange County Alliance during a pre-game ceremony on Thursday, September 15th prior to the Angels game against the Detroit Tigers (7:05 PM - PDT). Local dignitaries scheduled to attend the check presentation include: Nathan Chappell, President, Boys & Girls Club Orange County Alliance Advisory Board; Christine Steele, Alliance Director, Boys & Girls Club Orange County Alliance Advisory Board; David Smith, Manager, Gene Autry RBI; and Matt Bennett, Manager, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Community Relations.

Boys & Girls Clubs Orange County Alliance is a collaboration of 16 Boys & Girls Clubs and serves more than 87,000 members. Founded in 1999, the Gene Autry RBI League is one of the Boys & Girls Clubs Orange County Alliance programs that aim to promote leadership skills, team ethic and personal responsibility. Gene Autry RBI provides kids who would not otherwise have the opportunity the experience of playing the sport of baseball and softball.

RBI is a youth outreach program designed to promote interest in baseball, increase the self-esteem of disadvantaged children, and encourage kids to stay in school and off the streets. Managed by Major League Baseball in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Official Charity of Major League Baseball, RBI programs have been initiated in more than 200 cities worldwide. The RBI Program annually provides as many as 120,000 boys and girls the opportunity to play baseball and softball.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is designed to promote and enhance the growth of baseball throughout the world by funding programs, field improvements and equipment purchases to encourage and maintain youth participation in baseball and softball. Since its inception in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $8.5 million benefiting nearly 100,000 youth participating in more than 170 youth baseball and softball programs across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, U.S. Virgin Islands and Europe. For more information visit