Cardinals Care Summer Grant Cycle To Aid More Than 65 Non-Profits

More than $100,000 to be donated to area groups during ceremony on Tuesday, August 27th

ST. LOUIS – August 26, 2013 – Cardinals Care will distribute more than $100,000 to 66 area non-profit groups that support local kids during a ceremony Tuesday at Busch Stadium. A Cardinals’ player, executives and Fredbird will all take part in the afternoon event.

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 established 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 21 youth ball fields in neighborhoods in both Missouri and Illinois.

In 2013, Cardinals Care celebrates the 10th anniversary of the innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year. 

2013 Summer Grant Recipients

ALIVE, Inc. Marian Middle School
America SCORES St. Louis Metro Theater Company
Angels’ Arms Mission St. Louis
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri Our Little Haven
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois Par or Better Golf Club, Inc.
Board of Religious Organizations Patoka Little League
Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale Peace for Kids
C.H.A.M.P. Assistance Dogs, Inc. Pemiscot County Initiative Network (PIN)
CHADS Coalition for Mental Health Safe House For Women
CHARACTERplus Saint Louis Science Center
COCA Saint Louis University Adventures in Medicine & Science (AIMS) Program
Cornerstone Center for Early Learning, Inc. Shine A Light on Autism
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri South City Community School
Covenant House Missouri SouthSide Early Childhood Center (SSDN)
Delta Dental Health Theatre Special Olympics Illinois
Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments St. Ann Early Childhood Center
Diversity Awareness Partnership (DAP) St. Louis Athletic League, Inc.
Douglas County CHART & Interagency Council St. Louis City Open Studio and Gallery
Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis St. Louis Irish Arts, Inc.
ECH Every Child’s Hope School St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association
Episcopal City Mission St. Louis Sports Commission
FOCUS St. Louis St. Martha’s Hall
Friends of Kids with Cancer Support Dogs, Inc.
Gene Slay’s Boys’ Club of St. Louis The Haven of Grace
Griffin Center (Catholic Urban Programs of East St. Louis, IL) The Little Bit Foundation
Heartlinks Grief Center at Family Hospice (Family Hospice of Belleville Area) Variety The Children’s Charity of St. Louis
Holy Trinity Catholic School Vincent Gray Academy
International Crisis Aid, Inc. Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois
Kenny Rogers Children’s Center Vision for Children at Risk
Kids In The Middle Warren County Handicapped Services, Inc.
Logos School Washington University St. Louis
Lutheran Association for Special Education Women In Charge
March of Dimes – Missouri Chapter Wonderland Camp

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