Council of Houston’s Inner-City Little Leagues Benefits from MLB’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund
The Council of Houston’s Inner-City Little Leagues (C.H.I.L.L.) accepted a $5,000 grant from Major League Baseball’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund during a ceremony prior to a recent Houston Astros game at Minute Maid Park.
“The efforts made by the Council of Houston’s Inner-City Little Leagues on behalf of Little Leagues in Houston, have helped to foster hope in these neighborhoods, while nurturing a sense of pride where these leagues operate,” Demiko Ervin, Director of the Little League Urban Initiative, said. “The Little League Urban Initiative has worked closely with CHILL and Little League International appreciates the Houston Astros’ willingness to participate in the Baseball Tomorrow Equipment Drive.”
Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, was on hand to present the grant to CHILL representatives.
Little League Baseball and Softball was selected as the recipient of the cash grant from The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, as well as donated playing equipment collected during the game.
“The grant presented by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and the collection of equipment will immediately benefit children throughout Houston,” Mr. Ervin, who was in attendance at the presentation, said. “Aiding the growth and bettering the infrastructure will help these local leagues provide a positive experience for the children and support the volunteers who have chosen to give their time.”
Affiliated with the Little League Urban Initiative, C.H.I.L.L. received the gently-used playing equipment for distribution to its leagues.
Houston Astros relief pitcher Chris Sampson, left, joins Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, during a ceremony at Minute Maid Park in Houston, that presented a grant to the Council of Houston’s Inner-City Little Leagues (CHILL). Demiko Ervin, second from right, Director of the Little League Urban Initiative, and Frank Velasquez, right, President of C.H.I.L.L accepting the grant on behalf of C.H.I.L.L. and Little League International.