Batters Up USA announced a $5,000 grant
from the Amon G. Carter Foundation. The money will help support the
group’s mission of increasing participation in recreational
baseball/softball programs for boys and girls, particularly those in an
inner-city environment.

“I am pleased and flattered that this very large
foundation recognized value in our mission to help kids get more active
in healthy team sports,” said Jess Heald, Batters Up USA executive
The funds will be used to purchase equipment that we
contribute to local organizations nationwide to help them get started.
The $5,000 will purchase enough equipment to support the start-up of 10
new programs for 2,500 youths.

The Amon G. Carter
Foundation was founded in 1945 and has contributed hundreds of thousands
of dollars to charitable causes. The Fort Worth (TX) company has helped
out the arts, education, and health and medical services as well as
human and social services, programs benefitting youth and elderly, and
civic and community endeavors that enhance quality of life.

Batters Up USA is entering its fourth year of
supporting the start-up of recreational ball programs for boys and
girls. To date, 51 programs have been supported in 24 different states
involving about 12,000 youth.