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5/2/2013 6:26 P.M. ET

Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation to fund baseball and softball grant program for second consecutive year

Nonprofit organizations in club's five-state broadcasting region may apply for financial support

Arlington, TX-The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation today announced the details of its 2013 grant program designed to provide assistance to youth baseball and softball programs in the club's five-state broadcasting region, the second consecutive year for the project.

Beginning today, the Rangers Foundation will be accepting proposals for grants for this baseball/softball grant program from nonprofit organizations that specifically support youth baseball or softball in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Arkansas. While the Rangers Foundation supports a number of other areas of focus, this grant program and all applications should be limited to support of youth baseball and softball

In 2012, the Foundation awarded seven grants: Paris Breakfast Optimist Club, Boys and Girls Clubs of Denison, East Wilco Challenger Sports, Battiest Baseball Team sponsored by Battiest Public School, RBI Austin, Arlington Girls Softball Association and Azle Little League.

"The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation is proud to continue this grant program to provide financial support youth baseball and softball across our entire market," commented Foundation President and club Hall of Famer Jim Sundberg. "Our Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of youngsters in need. The funding of youth baseball and softball programs across our entire region allows us to build relationships with communities market-wide as we strengthen the sport. 

The Rangers are assisted by the team's broadcasting partners, Fox Sports Southwest, TXA21, and ESPN 103.3 FM and the Rangers ESPN Radio Network in promoting the grant program.

For more than 20 years, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation has supported youth baseball and softball through financial contributions and in-kind support. Since 1991, the Foundation has helped construct 12 youth ballparks and provides funding for more than 2,300 youth to play baseball under the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program) in Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth.

All grant proposals will be reviewed by Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation staff first to determine that the proposal is eligible and then by the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation Board of Directors. There is one grant cycle annually. Funding is limited to organizations supporting baseball and softball for children ages 18 and under. Grant requests must be for baseball and/or softball-related activities and will be accepted through June 30, 2013.

For more information, please visit texasrangers.com/grants.

ABOUT THE TEXAS RANGERS BASEBALL FOUNDATION: The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children in need within our community and provides funding for youth in crisis, youth health initiatives, youth baseball programs, and youth education. Celebrating its 22nd year, the Foundation has given back more than $13 million to help children in need.

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