TROY, NY- The Tri-City ValleyCats and BlueShield of Northeastern New York will team up for the fourth straight year to continue the efforts of the Community Grounds Crew Program, an initiative that assists local youth leagues with maintenance and upkeep of their playing fields throughout the spring and summer.
The Community Grounds Crew will begin in early April 2015 with the annual '4 in 24' Extreme Field Renovation Project, as four select youth fields will receive a facelift in less than 24 hours. The extent of the work includes new sod placed on the infield, rebuilding of the pitcher's mound and home plate areas, raking and grading of the infield dirt, cutting the baselines to the correct specifications, and more.
"BlueShield is proud to renew our support of the '4 in 24' Field Renovations," said Kirk Panneton, Regional Executive and Medical Director, BlueShield of Northeastern New York. "Year after year we see the positive impact these field renovations have on the children using the spaces and the community as a whole. At BlueShield we strongly believe that every child should have the opportunity to explore his or her potential through safe and healthy recreational activities."
"The Community Grounds Crew and '4 in 24' renovation project are key initiatives for our organization each year. Our goal with these programs is to create a positive impact on the community by making a difference in the lives of so many young ballplayers," said ValleyCats Vice President/General Manager Rick Murphy. "Thanks to our outstanding partnership with BlueShield of Northeastern New York, we are continually able to provide safe and well-maintained fields for youth sports organizations throughout the Capital Region."
The ValleyCats are currently accepting renovation applications from youth leagues across the Capital Region who are interested in having their field considered for the '4 in 24' or other Community Grounds Crew projects. Applications can be found on the ValleyCats website, www.tcvalleycats.com. New for this year, applicants have the ability to submit their form electronically. Leagues are required to submit photos of the field along with their application.
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In order to be eligible for the '4 in 24' renovation, applications must be returned by Monday, February 16. Those submitted beyond that date or not selected for the '4 in 24', will remain in consideration for the Community Grounds Crew program, which will accept and evaluate applications on an ongoing basis.
The efforts of the Community Grounds Crew will be recognized at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium during the ValleyCats 2015 season. Youth leagues from across the area will take part in Youth Baseball Night tentatively scheduled for June 26 and Softball Night on June 25.
Mini-plans, season tickets, and flex plans for the ValleyCats 2015 season are on-sale now. For full details, or to purchase tickets, call 518-629-CATS, log-on to tcvalleycats.com, or visit the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium Box Office.