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Cubs Charities launches the Diamond Project to improve local ball fields

Cubs Charities, in partnership with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago, announced the launch of the Cubs Charities Diamond Project. The Diamond Project marks the third signature program Cubs Charities has launched. In 2013, they introduced the Cubs Scholars program and the Cubs On The Move Fitness Trolley.

The Diamond Project aims to improve the quality and safety of local baseball fields in the Chicago area. The project will expand opportunities for children to play baseball, create or preserve green space, and foster a love of the game, particularly in the inner city where baseball has experienced a significant decline.

“The Diamond Project aligns with our mission to be good neighbors and Cubs Charities’ goal of providing health and physical education activities for our youth,” said Cubs Charities Chair Laura Ricketts. “We’re thrilled to invest in our communities and offer the opportunity for children to continue to develop their love and passion for the game of baseball.”

Cubs Charities, with technical assistance from LISC Chicago, will identify communities in need of new or improved baseball fields and provide grants to facilities that will be used to promote health and wellness through baseball. In addition to monetary support, the Wrigley Field Grounds Crew will advise Cubs Charities Diamond Project grantees during projects and maintenance.

“Public recreational spaces are essential to the health of every neighborhood,” said Susana Vasquez, LISC Chicago’s executive director. “We’re honored to partner with Cubs Charities to support new or renovated fields that will serve as tremendous community assets, especially for young people.”

An information session for nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations and schools in the Chicago area will be held at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, April 30, at 10:00 a.m. in the Budweiser Bleacher Suite. Please email diamondproject@cubs.com if you wish to attend. For additional information on the Cubs Charities Diamond Project and how to apply, please visit http://www.cubs.com/diamondproject.

Ultimate stretch, ultimate fan

Over 1,000 fans are registered for today’s second annual Ultimate Seventh-Inning Stretch Competition. Fans will channel Harry Caray (or maybe Ozzy Osbourne) all over the ballpark, from the home clubhouse to the media interview room to the Mezzanine Suites. Volunteers from the front office videotape every participant’s performance and ultimately pick the 50 semi-finalists. Fans will then vote on cubs.com for the top 10, to compete and be judged again in August.

The marketing department is really excited to do this event again, after last year’s competition showed yet another passionate side of Cubs fans. Every age from kids to grandparents traveled from all over the country, dressed in old Cubs gear or creative costumes, pleading their case as to why they are the ultimate fan to sing the stretch.

And this year, fans will get a great souvenir: their very own t-shirt saying they sang the stretch. But I’m guessing that will be a small part of the memories our fans will take away from tomorrow.

Did you sing last year? Are you competing today? What singing style brings out the stretch for you?


Fukudome Stars cap.jpgAll-Stars and Stripes

Remember those great Stars and Stripes caps that the Cubs wore over the Fourth of July weekend?

The Cubs’ Community Affairs department currently is auctioning off four autographed Stars and Stripes caps, to benefit Chicago Cubs Charities. The caps available are signed by Kosuke Fukudome, Aramis Ramirez, Lou Piniella and Geovany Soto.

Better hurry, though: Bidding for these exclusive items ends this Sunday night.

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