The Match program is designed to bring youth baseball teams from the suburbs and the inner city together in the spirit of diversity, interaction and friendly competition. The program has expanded to include 12 organizations, which will continue to make this one of the most meaningful programs the Reds Community Fund supports.
REDS YOUTH BASEBALL FUNDING
The Reds Youth Baseball Funding program enters its fifteenth year in 2019. This initiative is a funding mechanism for underserved youth baseball and softball organizations. The program is inspired by local inner-city coaches who help keep baseball and softball vibrant in urban neighborhoods while striving to be positive role models.
The Reds Community Fund began this initiative in 2005 by funding five Knothole baseball organizations. In 2018 the Reds Community Fund expanded the program to reach more than 60 organizations while financially assisting more than 800 teams.
In order to qualify for funding, organizations must submit a grant application and receive a formal invitation to participate. In order to remain eligible for the program, each organization must complete a minimum of three community-based activities. Grant dollars can be used by the teams to assist with uniforms and equipment expenses, along with field fees, league fees and trophies.
As part of its baseball-themed outreach, the Reds Community Fund offers field renovation and youth baseball funding grants. In order to be eligible, your organization must meet the following criteria:
- Operate in "Reds Country" (Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana)
- Serve the community by affording youth the opportunity to play baseball or softball
- Must be able to show proof of financial need
This year's "match" partners include:
- Anderson Township LL
- Cincinnati Diamonds
- Forest Park Baseball Association
- Lockland Athletic Association
- Loveland Youth Baseball
- Madisonville Braves
- Mason Youth Softball
- Norwood Knothole
- Six Men Tigers
- St. William Athletic Association
- West End Reds
- Wyoming Recreation
Each Match organization will participate in a home-and-home series, in which teams blend, play and host a cookout to mingle with their families. The program culminates in a field trip to Great American Ball Park in June.
For more information on the "Match" program, contact Gabrielle Pape at (513) 765-5001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.