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Local youth ball club hopes to earn its share of big money

Thursday, April 14, 2011

For 20 youth sports organizations demonstrating their commitment to responsibility on and off the field, Liberty Mutual will soon make a very memorable contribution through $2,500 Responsible Sports™ community grants. The Monett Youth Baseball and Softball League is hoping to be one of those organizations.

Community grants are part of Liberty Mutual's Responsible Sports program, which is an ongoing effort that champions and celebrates responsibility in youth sports. This community-based program offers meaningful, easy-to-use educational resources for youth sports parents and coaches, including access to on-the-field game and practice preparation tools, as well as self-paced online coursework filled with learning tools, videos and topics addressing youth sports issues.

"The Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports program targets many of the issues we see happening at youth sporting events by shining a positive light on what it means to be a responsible coach and a responsible sports-parents," said Greg Gordon, vice president of Consumer Marketing at Liberty Mutual. "Beyond that, Liberty Mutual is making a significant financial contribution to support the efforts of local organizations like The Monett Youth Baseball & Softball League."

The Responsible Sports program, including the community grants, comes at a crucial time for community youth sports programs that are under pressure from increasing numbers of participants, limited volunteer activity and mounting program management and administration costs.

"Our league is committed to the community and the children of the Monett-area," said MYBSL Treasurer Ken Gaspar. "We have a great team of dedicated individuals who volunteer a great deal of their time to ensure our League is the best." The league is currently working on a project to construct a new field lighting system at the Monett North Park Sports Complex, which carries an estimated cost of $250,000.
"The league has a great relationship with the City of Monett," said Gaspar. "Each year, we make a contribution back to the community by providing field improvements or equipment donations. Our newest project is to one day install a new, state-of-the-art lighting system to replace the aging system in use today." "The community supports our league, and we are very grateful," continued Gaspar. Gaspar. "If we are fortunate enough to receive a grant from Liberty Mutual, the $2,500 will be used toward the lighting project. This fundraiser is just one of many our League will introduce in the future."

The MYBSL is registered for the Responsible Sports program. They are encouraging individual community members to complete one of the self-paced online courses (Responsible Coaching and Responsible Sport Parenting) and take a 10-question review quiz. Every completed quiz is worth one point.

The organizations that earn the most points at the end of May 31 in each of the three divisions will earn one of the 20 grants. Youth sports organizations are competing for one of 14 $2,500 grants in two divisions, large and small, based upon the number of players.

Complete details on the grants as well as the qualifying self-paced courses are available through the official program website at ResponsibleSports.com. To show your support, visit ResponsibleSports.com/Grant.

The Monett Youth Baseball and Softball League serves over 400 area children, ages 4-16 each year. For more infor ation on the league, visit http://monett.baberuthonline.com or email them at mybsl@suddenlink.net.

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