ST. LOUIS, MO (June 12, 2013) – Cardinals Care, FOX Sports Midwest and 20th Century FOX Home Entertainment will dedicate a ball field for disabled children tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. (Thursday, June 13th) in Fenton, Missouri that was made possible by a $50,000 investment made in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the popular film “The Sandlot”.
The new, state of the art baseball field for disabled children will be run by Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK), a local non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children with special needs by providing them with athletic and social opportunities. TASK’s mission is to build self-esteem and self-confidence in kids with special needs.
Aware of the strong baseball tradition in St. Louis, FOX Home Entertainment worked with FOX Sports Midwest and Cardinals Care to find an opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “The Sandlot” by donating funds to renovate a local sandlot. FOX Home Entertainment established the Sandlot Baseball Field Program to coordinate baseball field renovations across the U.S. so that fans and baseball lovers will be able to enjoy their own “Sandlot” field. FOX Sports Midwest celebrities will participate as celebrity bench coaches during the inaugural game on the field that will be played tomorrow at 10:30 a.m., following the field dedication.
This is the 21st youth ball field that Cardinals Care has dedicated. Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the Cardinals organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was incorporated in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested $19 million in helping children, including providing nearly $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations, and building 20 youth ball fields in neighborhoods in both Missouri and Illinois.