10/11/2005 3:29 PM ET
Minnesota Twins and Twins Community Fund distribute $3.3 million in support during '05 season
Donations benefit youth baseball and softball organizations and other charities throughout the Upper Midwest, SW Florida and Latin America
MINNEAPOLIS - ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Twins and the Twins Community Fund (Fund) today announced collective contributions of $3.3 million in support to Upper Midwest, Southwest Florida, and Latin America during the 2005 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 $850,000 for nonprofit organizations through their involvement in charity fundraising events.
"We are proud of the community outreach and accomplishments of Minnesota Twins and Twins Community Fund this season," said Dave St. Peter, President of the Minnesota Twins and Twins Community Fund board member. "The Fields for Kids ball field renovation program built or renovated 36 ball fields in 2005. Since 1999, the Fields for Kids program has donated more than one million dollars. This is just a small part of the overall contributions made by the Fund and Twins in 2005," continued St. Peter.
Below is a list of notable 2005 community contributions:
2005 Twins Community Fund Contributions
The Fields for Kids program granted $217,000 to renovate 37 Upper Midwest, Southwest Florida and Latin American ballfields (since 1999, more than one million dollars been granted to renovate or build 250 ball fields).
The Twins Youth Clinic program visited more than 35 Upper Midwest and 15 Southwest Florida communities providing free baseball and softball instruction to more than 12,000 youth.
Grants totaling more than $139,000 were made the Minneapolis and St. Paul Parks and Recreation departments and the Duluth, Rochester (MN) and Winnipeg (Manitoba) Boys & Girls Clubs to operate Twins Rookie League and R.B.I., inner-city youth baseball and softball leagues. More than 8,000 youth participated in Twins Rookie League and R.B.I. programs in 2005.
More than $155,000 was contributed to support TwinsCare, a Twins ticket donation program for disadvantaged youth and families.
$13,000 in grants was donated to 12 youth baseball and softball organizations to support regional tournaments.
Minneapolis and St. Paul R.B.I. programs hosted the R.B.I. Central Regional Tournament hosting more than 450 youth from around the United States.
Eight youth-serving nonprofit organizations received a total of $7,000 in grants to support innovative efforts to expand youth baseball and softball in their respective communities.
The Twins Wives Organization directed $45,000 in grants to Care Partners Division of Children's Cancer Research Fund, Human Services, Inc., Camp Heartland and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.
In its inaugural year, 19 Upper Midwest high school seniors each received $1,000 in scholarship support for post secondary education via the Diamonds & Dreams Scholarship Program.
A collaboration of Minnesota youth baseball and softball organizations, called Play Ball Minnesota!, created a website (www.playballmn.com) to foster and promote youth baseball and softball. The collaboration also hosted the first-of-its-kind in Minnesota Youth Baseball and Softball Conference in April.
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 website at www.twinsbaseball.com.
2005 Minnesota Twins Community Contributions and Outreach
More than 2,500 community organizations received donations of Twins memorabilia to help raise funds for their work. To date, those organizations report raising more than $350,000 as a result of Twins' contributions.
More than 40 current and former Twins players and their wives helped to raise more than $835,000 via fundraising events for Upper Midwest and Southwest Florida charities.
More than $2.15 million dollars in Twins tickets were donated Upper Midwest nonprofit organizations serving economically-disadvantaged youth.
Twenty thousand dollars was contributed to the ALS Association, Minnesota Chapter as part of the Carrier Strike Out ALS "K" Counter.
8,000 Minnesota middle school students achieving perfect attendance between March and June attend a Twins game for free and were recognized on the field before the game.
27,000 free books, courtesy of Lerner Publications, were distributed before Sunday Twins homes games.
25,000 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 $70,000 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.
More than 25,000 Twins incentive items were donated to 45 public libraries across the state to help promote participation in summer reading programs.
The Minnesota Twins helped raise more than $230,000 for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.