City of Modesto, California News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Loren Holt, (209) 571-5573
Release Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 10:15:00 AM

JEREMY AFFELDT JUNIOR GIANTS FIELD TO BE DEDICATED IN MODESTO THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 21


Giants Pitcher Jeremy Affeldt, Giants Community Fund & Good Tidings Foundation
Team Up With the City of Modesto to Benefit At-Risk Youth

As baseball season heats up, the Giants Community Fund continues to do their part to keep at-risk youth running the bases this summer.  On Friday, June 21, the Community Fund and the Good Tidings Foundation are proud to partner with the City of Modesto and Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt to dedicate Jeremy Affeldt Junior Giants Field at the Enslen Park in Modesto through the Peter A. Magowan Fields for Kids program.

With funding from the aforementioned partners and special contributions from Robert A. Bothman, Inc., West Coast Turf, Calco Fence, Imperial Sprinkler Supply and Kelly-Moore Paints, the Jeremy Affeldt Junior Giants Field will provide a safe, state-of-the-art location for local kids to play ball.  The field features new vinyl-coated fencing for the backstops and dugouts, new irrigation system, fresh infield and outfield sod, improved drainage, a new field for tee-ball players, all new concrete  dugouts and seating areas, concrete seat wall and drinking fountain.

The flagship program of the Giants Community Fund, Junior Giants uses baseball as a forum to teach life skills to underserved youth throughout Northern and Central California, Nevada, and Oregon.  Projects such as field renovations, coaches clinics and glove drives contribute to a sense of ownership and pride throughout leagues in over 155 communities.

For more than a decade, the Giants Community Fund has worked to refurbish 22 youth baseball fields, thanks to the help of Giants players and partners.  2013 marks the 14th year that the Fund has collaborated with the Good Tidings Foundation to renovate baseball fields for Junior Giants players throughout Northern California.  Recent dedications include Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club at Hunters Point, Aaron Rowand Junior Giants Field in Daly City, Barry Zito Junior Giants Fields in Stockton, the Excelsior Playground Field in San Francisco, Matt Cain Field in Sacramento and the Los Banos PAL Junior Giants Field.

WHO:     Jeremy Affeldt, Larry Baer, Peter Magowan, Dave Flemming, Councilmember Dave Lopez and representatives from the Giants Community Fund and Good Tidings Foundation
WHAT:   Jeremy Affeldt Junior Giants Field Dedication
WHEN:   Friday, June 21
TIME:    11:00am – Dedication Ceremony Begins  
WHERE:  Enslen Park, 501 Stoddard Avenue, Modesto

About the nonprofit partners:

The Good Tidings Foundation, a 501(c)(3) children’s charity, supports art, education, athletics, and dreams for youth from communities in need in the Greater Bay Area.  Good Tidings designs, funds and builds original projects to increase access to enriching opportunities by deserving youth.  Since 1995, it has constructed 109 youth athletic facilities and 5 art centers, provided art education for over 6,000 students and granted over $1,000,000 in community service scholarships.  For more information, visit www.goodtidings.org.

The Giants Community Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, collaborates with the San Francisco Giants by using baseball as a forum to encourage underserved youth and their families to live healthy, productive lives.  The Fund supports Junior Giants leagues throughout Northern California, Nevada and Oregon and provides assistance to targeted community initiatives in the areas of education, health and violence prevention.  Since its inception in 1991, the Fund has donated more than $15 million to community programs.  For more information, visit www.jrgiants.org.


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