During the 1999 World Series, Major League Baseball unveiled the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA.) The fund awards grants to organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities. In 2012, BTF launched the BTF/MLB Field Maintenance Education Program. This program provides the opportunity for MLB groundskeepers to share tips and techniques with other professional sports turf managers, coaches, parents and volunteers who are involved in the maintenance of youth baseball and softball fields.
On Saturday, April 22, led by Comerica Park head groundskeeper Heather Nabozny, the Tigers welcomed youth coaches, managers and groundskeepers from across the state of Michigan. Joined by reps from Pro-Choice (infield conditioner), the visitors were treated to a crash course on creating and maintaining a top notch baseball field. Heather has been in her position since 1999, when she was hired as the first female head groundskeeper in MLB history.
In conjunction with the clinics, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund awards a $10,000 grant to a local organization selected by the participating Club. The grant funds are used for the purchase of field maintenance supplies, equipment or services. please visit www.mlbcommunity.com for more info