The Boston Red Sox Foundation will install four indoor batting cages this year at Boston Centers for Youth and Families locations, including Curtis Hall in Jamaica Plain.
The batting cages are being funded by a grant from the Youth Development Foundation, an organization of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), “…to improve the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada.”
“Baseball isn’t just a sport — it’s a passion for so many Boston residents and children, and this grant will allow young people throughout our city to improve their baseball game in a welcoming, accessible environment,” said Mayor Martin Walsh via a press release. “I’m grateful to our Red Sox Foundation partners for providing BCYF centers batting cages that will allow our young athletes to enjoy baseball throughout every month of the year.”
“On behalf of all players, and especially those who call the Boston area home, we are happy to direct funds from the Youth Development Foundation to help install indoor batting cages throughout the city,” said MLBPA Executive Director and former Red Sox Tony Clark. “One of the main goals of the foundation is to improve access to the sport of baseball for inner-city youth, and we believe this project will help cultivate greater levels of interest and participation in our great game among Boston youth.”
The first batting cage debuted on Wednesday at the Tobin Community Center in Mission Hill. The three other batting cages will be installed this year at Curtis Hall the Shelburne Center in Roxbury and the Nazarro Center in the North End.