The Fresno Grizzlies Community Fund (GCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was introduced in 2004 in order to spearhead efforts to assist, reward and support worthwhile causes throughout the Central San Joaquin Valley. The GCF works with outside organizations as well as managing its own community programs to serve its overall mission.
In 2014, the Grizzlies Community Fund supported over 500 community and non-profit groups by donating over $250,000 in tickets and memorabilia.
The Grizzlies Community Fund has established several of its own outreach programs, including Wild About Reading, Swing For Kids, Junior Grizzlies Baseball League, and the newest addition to the Grizzlies Community Fund, the Farm Grown Program that was implemented in April 2012. The Farm Grown program provides agricultural awareness, while strengthening knowledge of the farming tradition in the Central San Joaquin Valley.
With your support, the Grizzlies Community Fund will continue to make a lasting and positive impact in the Central Valley for many years to come.
For more information regarding the Grizzlies Community Fund, please contact Grizzlies Community Fund Manager Whitney Campbell in the Grizzlies front office by calling at (559) 320-2547 or emailing email@example.com.
Wild About Reading
Presented by: Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), and Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU)
Wild About Reading is one of the largest educational initiatives in all of Minor League Baseball. In its 11th year of existence in 2014, the program utilizes baseball to promote reading in the classroom.
In 2014, over 101,000 Central Valley students from grades of kindergarten to eighth grade enrolled in the Wild About Reading program, with each student being challenged to read 10 books over five weeks. For those that met the goal, they each received a ticket to a Grizzlies home game at Chukchansi Park.
To learn more about the Grizzlies Community Fund's educational progam, click here.
Founding Partners: Almond Board of California, CoBank, Federal Land Bank Association of Kingsburg, Fresno Madera Farm Credit, Stamoules Produce Company, Wawona Frozen Foods
In April 2012, the Grizzlies announced a new community program called "Farm Grown," which focuses on unifying the Central Valley and striving to support the local Ag community. The program exhibits the Fresno Grizzlies commitment to the Central San Joaquin Valley's farming and agricultural culture and heritage.
Farm Grown captures two important components of the Grizzlies. The first is that the organization is a farm team in the Houston Astros' organization, meaning Future Astros will spend their final days of development in Fresno. The second is that Fresno is the heart of the Central Valley and farming surrounds the community. This industry plays an important role in the local economy.
The program is focused on the local agricultural community and keeping it grassroots through education, grants and educating students on the importance of agriculture in the Central Valley.
The Junior Grizzlies, a non-competitive baseball league for athletes with mental and physical disabilities, is the flagship program of the Grizzlies Community Fund.
Established in 2007, the league features games played at the "Field of Dreams." The special baseball diamond is made out of a rubberized surface that is safe for all participants. A number of athletes have participated in the league over the years, with memories being created for a lifetime.
Learn more on how you can get involved with Junior Grizzlies here.