The Reds Community Fund blends together the team's long history of community involvement with a present-day commitment to at-risk kids throughout Greater Cincinnati.
Cincinnati is unique in that baseball has been part of its culture for more than 130 years. Baseball's roots run deep in the inner-urban neighborhoods of the tri-state region, and the Reds Community Fund is actively searching for the kids and neighborhoods that need support.
Since its inception in 2001, the Reds Community Fund has used baseball as a vehicle to reach out to kids. As the nonprofit arm of baseball's first professional team, the Community Fund strives to create programming that connects underserved children with baseball, while creating fundraising programs that connect baseball with the community.
Outreach programs include the Reds Rookie Success League, a free, coed, character-building program for 6-12 year olds in Greater Cincinnati, Butler County, Clermont County, Louisville and Dayton; Youth Baseball and Softball Funding, which underwrites expenses for more than 400 inner-city teams throughout Reds Country; and Field Renovation, which has helped restore over 325 baseball and softball fields. Including the Urban Youth Academy, Youth Baseball "Match" and Greater Cincinnati RBI programs, more than 40,000 kids and coaches have been connected in 2012.
A series of creative, baseball-themed fundraising events and programs provides some of the necessary funding. The 2013 schedule features returning events such as "Redlegs Run " "Reds Baseball Camps" "Father's Day Catch," "Marty Brennaman Golf Classic," "Redsfest Poker," and "Split The Pot" raffle at all 81 home games.
Whether it's renovating baseball fields, providing opportunities to kids with disabilities, underwriting expenses for inner-city teams or hosting its "Reds Rookie Success League," the Reds Community Fund is dedicated to improving the lives of youth through baseball.