Youth program receives $2 million donation
CINCINNATI — Procter and Gamble Company has donated $2 million to the Reds Community Fund, which will facilitate youth baseball and softball programs for at-risk children, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
In 2013, officials will break ground on the Reds Urban Youth Academy and renovate four baseball fields, as well as building a 33,000-square-foot indoor sports facility with batting cages and pitching tunnels, the article stated.
According to the article, the complex will be modeled after the Cincinnati Reds' spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona.
The fund will operate the facility and provide boys and girls ages six to 18 with free year-round baseball and softball instruction, the article noted.
"This really speaks to the fact that when you make an investment in the right place for the right reason, it can have such a far-reaching impact," said Phil Castellini, chief operating officer for the Reds.
"The more that we, the corporate community, invest in our own city, the better we’re all going to be," Castellini added.
The Reds Community Fund programs held at the Academy are expected to benefit 20,000 children a year, the article added.
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