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Cubs Charities, Baseball Tomorrow Fund, and LISC Chicago Support Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy Softball Program

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY TO BE HELD May 11, 2016 AT PERSPECTIVES/IIT MATH & SCIENCE ACADEMY SOFTBALL FIELD

CHICAGO – May 6 – Perspectives Charter Schools today announced a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly renovated softball field at Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy in Bronzeville (3663 S. Wabash Ave.) will take place Wednesday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. CDT. The entire community is encouraged to attend.

The ceremony will include remarks from representatives of Perspectives Charter Schools, its student-athletes, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, Cubs Charities, LISC Chicago and other local community leaders. 

Perspectives Charter Schools received a grant in the amount of $80,000 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) to complete the project. BTF, a joint initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, provided funding for the renovation of the playing surface, new fencing and the construction of an outdoor batting cage. Additional improvements including park lighting, bleachers and signage were made possible by the Cubs Charities Diamond Project and LISC Chicago.

Perspectives’ softball student-athletes have been eagerly awaiting the start of the 2016 season to utilize their new facilities. The field is used by the high school and middle school softball teams.

“The new softball field is not just benefiting Perspectives; it is an exciting addition for youth in the local community. Perspectives’ ability to now host organized youth games in the neighborhood will allow easier access for young men and women interested in learning about softball and baseball.” Vinay Mullick, Director of Athletics & Programs continued, “We are excited to continue strengthening our relationship with the Bronzeville community through organized athletics. At Perspectives Charter Schools we always reinforce the message with our athletes that playing high school sports is about learning life lessons, not just winning and losing. Witnessing the potential of this field and these students reinforces that and is great to see.”

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About Perspectives Charter Schools
Founded in 1997 by two public school teachers, Perspectives Charter Schools is a network of open enrollment public schools across the South Side of Chicago, serving nearly 2,200 students. Perspectives educates students for college and prepares them for life. At Perspectives, the A Disciplined Life education model combines academic rigor with a focus on character development. Despite coming from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago, Perspectives students graduate from high school, enroll in college, and persist towards graduation at rates above the national average for all students, regardless of background. Learn more at pcsedu.org.

About the Baseball Tomorrow Fund
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses. Since its formation by the MLBPA and MLB in 1999, BTF has awarded more than 800 grants totaling over $29 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. BTF also facilitates league-wide initiatives including the collection and distribution of new and gently used equipment to organizations in need as well as field maintenance education clinics. For more information, visit baseballtomorrowfund.com and follow BTF on Facebook, Twitter and MLBlogs.

About the Cubs Charities Diamond Project
Cubs Charities harnesses the passion of Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond. Cubs Charities’ goal is to provide increased access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. Through grants to quality nonprofit programs, development of parks and baseball fields, and other community initiatives, the Cubs and Cubs Charities help fulfill a commitment to be the best in the game, on and off the field. For more information, visit www.cubscharities.org

About LISC Chicago
LISC Chicago connects neighborhoods to the resources they need to become stronger and healthier. Part of the national nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation, LISC Chicago provides grants, loans, technical assistance and other resources to more than 70 partner organizations in low- and moderate-income communities across Chicago. When neighborhoods are connected to the right resources and work together to advance robust, coordinated community development plans, they are better positioned to participate in the region’s economic growth. For more information visit, lisc-chicago.org.