Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that the Bayonne Recreation Division has been awarded a grant in the amount of $8,851 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF). The grant will assist the city’s effort to support the established youth league and expand its softball program by providing funds for equipment and the construction of a batting tunnel.

The City of Bayonne manages the girls’ softball program and provides fields and equipment for the Bayonne Little League that serves over 800 players. To accommodate the increasing demand for its programs, the City will add 20 participants to the softball program in 2013 and provide more practice time for its youth players by constructing a batting cage.

Mayor Smith said, “The City of Bayonne would like to thank the Baseball Tomorrow Fund for its generosity to our community. The grant will enable us to improve our recreational programs for the young people of Bayonne. I look forward to seeing the new equipment and the batting tunnel in action.”

“The Baseball Tomorrow Fund appreciates the City of Bayonne’s commitment to youth baseball and softball in its community. We are pleased to support the continued growth of this program.” added Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.

The Bayonne Division of Recreation is still accepting in-kind and monetary contributions for uniforms and equipment. Those interested in donating to the project may contact Pete Amadeo at (201) 858-6129.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball. BTF is designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material, and other selected program expenses. Since its formation by MLB and the MLBPA in 1999, BTF has awarded over 665 grants totaling more than $23 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Approximately 325,000 youth players have benefited from programs and facilities supported by the fund. BTF also facilitates league-wide initiatives including the collection and distribution of new and gently used equipment to organizations in need as well as field maintenance education clinics. For more information, visit and follow BTF on Facebook, Twitter and MLBlogs.

The Bayonne Division of Recreation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Bayonne by providing high quality recreation and cultural programs, which meets the needs of all segments of our community. The division offers programs for children, adults, and senior citizens throughout the year, including sports, Ability Day Camp for adults and children with special needs, a mini-golf course, cultural offerings, and more. Bayonne’s Recreation Division is responsible for managing the Bayonne Girls Elementary Softball League, which consists of approximately 130 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade girls on nine teams. The Recreation Division provides fields and maintenance, equipment, scheduling, coaching staff and umpires, record keeping, a website, and photography for the various leagues offered. The Bayonne Recreation website,, is currently ranked #22 among league lineup websites nationwide.