“It’s a generous leave-behind by Major League Baseball and it’s just a great side benefit,” said Padres Vice President of Community Relations Tom Seidler. “Everyone knows about the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby but as the event has grown, Major League Baseball – credit to them – has set a good eye on giving something back to the community that serves as the host.”
The Major League Baseball All-Star "Legacy Projects" will see nearly $5 million donated to local kids groups.
The biggest project of all is a complete renovation of the Jackie Robinson YMCA that includes two pools, playgrounds and new baseball and softball fields.
The groundbreaking will be held on Monday, July 11.
“They had the first-ever little Padres park that goes back to the late '90s and it was just in need of a refurbishment so they’ve got brand new state-of-the-art sports turf, multi-purpose field – which is primarily for baseball and softball, but also other sports in the fall in winter – and brand new dugouts and field lighting,” Seidler said.
And new this year, the effort goes across the border, with a new field being built at the Boys and Girls Club in Tijuana.
“It’s a great program that reaches all sectors of the community, up in North County, down into Baja,” Seidler said.
Other projects include new ball fields in San Pasqual and Escondido, along with workshops for kids and military veterans.