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City awarded field refurbishment grant
City of Memphis awarded field refurbishment grant from Scotts and Major League Baseball
Posted on 07/16/2020
The City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods has been named an award recipient of the Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program, an initiative from the Scotts Company LLC (Scotts) and Major League Baseball (MLB) which will once again award modern, playable youth baseball and softball field refurbishments to four communities of need within the United States. 

The City of Memphis is one of four grant-winning organizations announced Thursday that were selected from nearly 500 grant applications across more than 400 cities in 48 states and Washington, D.C. for the 2020 installment of the Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program. The winning organizations were chosen by a special blue-ribbon panel which included three-time MLB All-Star & 2008 World Series Champion Ryan Howard, Olympic Gold Medalist & MLB Youth Softball Ambassador Jennie Finch, 1997 World Series Champion & MLB Network analyst Cliff Floyd, and additional executive leadership from MLB and Scotts. The award money will be used for renovations at Willow Park, to provide better resources and increase participation in youth baseball. 

Aside from the City of Memphis, the organizations receiving grants in 2020 include Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana (Gary, IN), Ferguson Parks & Recreation (Ferguson, MO), and the Oakland Athletics Community Fund (Oakland, CA). In total, more than $200,000 in repairs and upgrades on these youth fields will be completed by the end of the year.

MLB and Scotts, a long-time league sponsor, began the Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program prior to the 2016 season to provide kids with modern, playable ball fields in communities around the U.S. The Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program is part of Scotts’ Gro More Good initiative to improve children’s health and well-being through increased connection to greenspaces. Scotts is also an official partner of the ‘PLAY BALL’ initiative, the sport’s largest collective effort to encourage young people and communities to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities, including formal leagues, events and casual forms of play. Through 2020, the Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program will have renovated two dozen fields with nearly $1.75 million of support.
 
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