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10/14/2003  3:29 PM ET 
Twins/Twins Community Fund distribute $2.2 million

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN -- The Minnesota Twins and the Twins Community Fund today announce collective contributions of $2.2 million in support to Upper Midwest Charities during the 2003 Twins season. Support includes cash grants, community program expenses, and donations of Twins tickets and memorabilia. In addition, current and former Twins players helped raise more than $650,000 for Minnesota nonprofit organizations through their involvement in charity fundraising events.

"We are proud of the Twins and Twins Community Fund community work and accomplishments this season" said Dave St. Peter, president of the Minnesota Twins and Twins Community Fund board member. "Our Fields for Kids program renovated 28 ball fields, and 5,000 inner city youth played free summer baseball and softball because of Fund grants. This is just a small part of the overall contributions made by the Fund and Twins in 2003."

Here is a list of notable 2003 community contributions:

2003 Twins Community Fund Community Support

  • The Fields for Kids program granted $110,500 to renovate 28 Upper Midwest ball fields (since 1999, more than $700,000 has been granted to renovate 159 ball fields).
  • The Twins Youth Clinic program visited 34 Upper Midwest and five Southwest Florida communities providing free baseball and softball instruction to more than 6,500 youth.
  • Grants totaling more than $155,000 were made the Minneapolis and St. Paul Parks and Recreation departments to operate Twins Rookie League and R.B.I., inner-city youth baseball and softball leagues.
  • Grants of $5,000 each were made to the Duluth and Winnipeg (Manitoba) Boys and Girls Clubs to start R.B.I. youth baseball and softball programs.
  • $5,000 in grants was made to 15 youth baseball and softball organizations to support regional tournaments.
  • More than $147,000 contributed to support TwinsCare, a ticket donation program for disadvantaged youth and families.
  • $5,000 was granted to the Minnesota Literacy Council to administer Rookie League READS, a pilot program to encourage select Twins Rookie League teams to visit a St. Paul Library before or after games and practices.
  • The Twins Wives Organization directed $32,200 in grants to five healthcare organizations.
  • More than 25,000 Twins incentive items were donated to 30 public libraries across the state to help promote participation in summer reading programs.
  • A $15,000 grant was made to the University of Minnesota Foundation to assist student athletes with purchasing books and classroom supplies.
  • A $25,000 grant was made the Minnesota Historical Society to support its Play Ball! exhibit, a historical look at men's and women's baseball in Minnesota.

    2003 Minnesota Twins Community Support

  • More than 2,500 community organizations received donations of tickets and memorabilia to help raise funds for their work.
  • $20,000 was contributed to the ALS Association, Minnesota Chapter as part of the Carrier Strike Out ALS "K" Counter.
  • 3,500 Minnesota middle school students achieving perfect attendance from March and June attend a Twins game for free.
  • More than 10,000 "Gotta Read 'Em" posters encouraging youth to read were distributed at Twins home games.
  • 32,500 free books, courtesy of Lerner Publications, were distributed before Sunday Twins homes games.
  • 30,000 essays were submitted by Minnesota youth nominating their fathers for the "Father of the Year." This year's winner was recognized on the field before a Twins home game.
  • 20 youth sports coaches received the 3M/Minnesota Twins Totally Awesome Coaches Award before Twins home games.
  • The Minnesota Twins made more than $55,000 in corporate grants to Upper Midwest charities.
  • Twins players and the team's mascot, T.C., made more than 250 community appearances during the season.
  • 16 current and former Twins "adopted" Minnesota charities and helped to raise more than $650,000 (collectively).

    Established in 1991, the mission of the Twins Community Fund is to enrich local and regional communities by providing resources for the healthy development of children and families through an association with baseball, softball and the Minnesota Twins. For more information about the Twins Community Fund, call 800-33-TWINS or visit the team's official Web site at

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