The Serbian Baseball Association announced today that it was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $20,000 USD from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), a joint initiative of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA.) The grant will support the renovation of the baseball field at Ada Ciganlija in Belgrade, by providing funding for new dugouts, fencing and spectator seating.
The support of BTF and the completion of this project are vital to the further development of baseball in Serbia. The project will substantially increase the safety of players and fans during practices and games. The field improvements will accommodate more players, statisticians, media and fans to watch games and learn about baseball.
“We are very glad to have received this grant and hope that it will be the beginning of much development to come,’’ said General Secretary of the Serbian Baseball Association Nikola Vucevi. “The improvement of our facilities is a huge factor in attracting new, youth players and gaining the support from their families who also play an important role in developing this game in Serbia.’’
“The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, along with MLB and the MLBPA, are proud to be a part of this project and continue to support the growth of the game of baseball throughout the world,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “We are honored to collaborate with the Serbian Baseball Association to ensure that the youth in the community have a safe and enjoyable place to learn, play and love the game.”
Other major supporters of the project include Ministry of Youth and Sport of Republic of Serbia, VMS Beograd Consultant Engineers, Belgrade, Full Moon Belgrade, Municipality of Cukarica, City of Belgrade, and Public company “Ada Ciganlija” Belgrade. The Serbian Baseball Association is still accepting in-kind and monetary contributions for project such as rakes, lawnmower, edger, utility cart, hula-hoes, shovels, and other various gardening/maintenance tools. Those interested in donating to the project may contact Milan Zonic at +381 64 1966785.