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Cubs Charities to help improve local fields

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CHICAGO -- Cubs Charities, in partnership with Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago, announced the launch of the "Diamond Project," which aims to improve the quality and safety of local baseball fields in the Chicago area.

The project will expand opportunities for children to play baseball, create or preserve green space and foster a love of the game, particularly in the inner city.

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CHICAGO -- Cubs Charities, in partnership with Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago, announced the launch of the "Diamond Project," which aims to improve the quality and safety of local baseball fields in the Chicago area.

The project will expand opportunities for children to play baseball, create or preserve green space and foster a love of the game, particularly in the inner city.

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The "Diamond Project" is the third signature program Cubs Charities has launched, following the Cubs Scholars program and the "Cubs On The Move" fitness trolley.

Cubs Charities, with technical assistance from LISC Chicago, will identify communities in need of new or improved baseball fields and provide grants to facilities that will be used to promote health and wellness through baseball. In addition to monetary support, the Wrigley Field grounds crew will advise Diamond Project grantees during projects and maintenance.

For nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations and schools in the Chicago area, an informational session will be held at Wrigley Field on April 30 at 10 a.m. CT in the Budweiser Bleacher Suite. Anyone interested in attending should send an email to diamondproject@cubs.com. For additional information, visit cubs.com/diamondproject.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

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