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Pirates Charities launches Fields for Kids matching grant program in Bradenton, Florida this spring
02/17/2011 2:22 PM ET

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, today announced the launch of the Fields for Kids - Bradenton program. The grant program, just like its sister program in Pittsburgh, will provide matching grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations, schools or local governing bodies to improve youth baseball and softball facilities throughout the Bradenton region.

The goal of the Fields for Kids program is to provide support to area baseball and softball programs in order to give local youth a place to take part in wholesome and healthy activities, according the Bob Nutting, Chairman of Pirates Charities and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"This has been a very successful program of Pirates Charities in the Pittsburgh region," said Nutting. "We have helped improve the conditions on nearly 50 fields for thousands of youth during the program's first two years. We are proud to be able to expand this great program to the Bradenton region."

Matching grants between $1,000 and $5,000 are available for the renovation or construction of baseball and/or softball fields used primarily by youth. Eligible projects will include the upgrading of essential field components, such as new sod, infield, fencing, dugouts, and irrigation systems; upgrades to the overall facility to include lights, bleachers, batting cages, scoreboards and concession stands.

Organizations must complete an application and submit all required documents for consideration. Applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Final grant determinations will be made by Pirates Charities in May.

Application Due Date - April 1, 2011
Grant Determination - May 15, 2011

To help support the launch of the new Fields for Kids - Bradenton program, Pirates Charities will donate the funds raised at the Fourth Annual Pirates Charities Spring Training Golf Classic, presented by TLI Sports, which will once again be held at River Wilderness Golf & Country Club in Parrish, Florida on Thursday, February 24, 2011. The tournament will team foursomes with current or former Pirates celebrities to raise money for Pirates Charities' newest initiative - the Bradenton Fields for Kids Program.

Golf Classic registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. with lunch following at noon and a shotgun start beginning at 1:00 p.m. The event will include a silent auction of signed Pirates memorabilia with proceeds also benefiting the Fields for Kids - Bradenton program.

On the course, a hole-in-one contest will take place on the par three 12th hole, sponsored by Cox Chevrolet. Any golfer who scores a hole-in-one will win a brand new Chevrolet Camaro complete with a sunroof, stripe package and upgraded sound system valued at more than $30,000 MSRP.

Pirates Charities is committed to strengthening the community by supporting organizations and programs aimed at improving the lives of children and adults in the greater Pittsburgh and Bradenton regions. Pirates Charities places a special emphasis on supporting youth programs focused on health, fitness, and education by developing partnerships with those who share in our mission. Pirates Charities has contributed more than $1.7 million dollars to worthwhile projects and nonprofit organizations.

For more information or to download an application for the Fields for Kids - Bradenton program, please visit www.pirates.com/piratescharities.

For more sponsorship information or to register for the Fourth Annual Pirates Charities Spring Training Golf Classic, please contact Stacy Morgan with the Pirates in Bradenton at (941) 747-3031 or by e-mail at stacy.morgan@pirates.com.

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