Cubs Charities to Award More Than $860,000 to 2016 Diamond Project Grantees

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CHICAGO – Cubs Charities will award more than $860,000 to 14 Diamond Project grantees this year to help improve youth baseball and softball fields across 14 Chicago neighborhoods. On Tuesday, September 20, Cubs Charities will present a $150,000 grant to James G. Blaine Elementary School, a 2016 Diamond Project grantee, during “Go Cubs Go Day” at the school. The grant will support a new turf field surface and general field maintenance, logos, backstop and netting.

Since 2014, Cubs Charities’ Diamond Project has awarded nearly $1.8 million in grants to support 28 youth leagues and 32 capital improvement projects across Chicago. The Diamond Project, one of Cubs Charities’ three signature programs, provides funds to nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations to expand opportunities for children to play baseball and softball and improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local baseball fields or indoor training facilities.

Cubs Charities Board Chair Laura Ricketts, a Cubs player and Cubs mascot Clark will be on hand to celebrate the occasion.

WHAT:        2016 Diamond Project check presentation at James G. Blaine Elementary School

WHEN:        Tuesday, September 20, program to begin at noon

WHERE:      James G. Blaine Elementary School, 1420 W. Grace St.