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Big Money Up for Grabs, and a Local Club Hopes to Get Its Share
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 • Posted April 18, 2012

Mason, April 11, 2012 – For twenty youth sports organizations demonstrating their commitment to responsibility on and off the baseball field, Liberty Mutual will soon make a very memorable contribution, in the amount of a $2,500 Responsible Sports™ Community Grant. Mason Youth Baseball, Inc. is hoping to be one of them.

Community Grants are part of Liberty Mutual’s Responsible Sports program, which is an ongoing effort championing and celebrating responsibility in youth sports. This community-based program offers meaningful, easy-to-use educational resources for youth sports parents and coaches, including access to on-the-field game and practice preparation tools, as well as self-paced online coursework filled with learning tools, videos, and topics addressing youth sports issues.

“The Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports program targets many of the issues we see happening at youth sporting events by shining a positive light on what it means to be a responsible coach and a responsible sports-parent. Beyond that, Liberty Mutual is making a significant financial contribution to support the efforts of local organizations like MYB.” said Greg Gordon vice president of Consumer Marketing at Liberty Mutual.

The Responsible Sports program, including the Community Grants, comes at a crucial time for communities like ours. Like other communities across the U.S., our own youth sports programs are under pressure from increasing numbers of participants, limited volunteer activity and mounting program management and administration costs. The Responsible Sports program provides access to valuable resources and assets that can ensure our organizations thrive even under challenging circumstances.

MYB, Inc. has put together a plan that is called “Project 2015”. It is an improvement plan for the McDonald Complex that hosts four different fields for kids ages three to eighteen. Upgrading scoreboards, dugouts, sound systems, and the concession stand, as well as refurbishing bleachers are on the list of items to complete. Some tasks on “Project 2015” have already been accomplished. The MYB, Inc. board members are looking for many different avenues, such as this grant, to raise all the funds necessary.

MYB is registered for the Responsible Sports program. They are encouraging individual community members to complete one of the self-paced online courses (Responsible Coaching and Responsible Sport Parenting) and take a 10-question review quiz. Every completed quiz is worth one point. The organizations that earn the most points at the end of the grant period, in this case May 31st, in each of the three divisions will earn one of the 20 grants. Youth sports organizations (club programs, park and recreation departments, etc.) are competing for one of 14 $2,500 grants in two divisions, large and small, based upon the number of players. And six school athletic programs will earn a $5,000 grant, for a total of 20 Responsible Sports Community Grants to be awarded this spring. The more people each registered organization gets to complete the courses, the greater its chances of winning.

Complete details on the grants as well as the qualifying self-paced courses are available through the official program website at ResponsibleSports.com. To show your support, visit ResponsibleSports.com/Grant.

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