In support of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to increase youth participation in baseball,the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has granted $53,000 to Bishop Ward High School. Bishop Ward is located in the heart of Kansas City, Kan., and the grant will help fund the renovation of the school’s field, bleachers, dugouts, fencing and more.
“Securing the grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, along with the support of our alumni and friends will benefit our student athletes, coaches, spectators, supporters, community and neighborhood tremendously,” Head Baseball Coach Dennis Hurla said.
“The Baseball Tomorrow Fund appreciates Bishop Ward’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 or the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.
Since the renovation project kicked off this summer, the entire Bishop Ward community has rallied together in support of the baseball program. Various alumni and friends showed overwhelming and generous support of Bishop Ward’s stadium renovation project by raising an additional $66,000. Bishop Ward also received a $5,000 grant from the Kansas City Royals early this fall.
The players, especially, are excited for the upcoming season and are ready to continue Bishop Ward’s proud tradition of athletic excellence in a new and improved stadium.
“The improvements that will be made to the stadium and field will strengthen our Cyclone family,” said junior Jon Roblez, who pitches on the team. “I think these improvements will also mean a lot to future Cyclones. They will see that the quality of our stadium matches the quality and commitment of our team and will want to become a part of our winning tradition.”
In recent years, the Bishop Ward baseball team has won seven out of the last nine State 4A Championships. Coach Hurla is now entering his 16th season as the Head Baseball Coach. Not only has he been named the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches class 4A High School Coach of the Year, but Hurla has also been named the 2008, 2009 and 2010 American Baseball Coaches Association’s National Region 8-High School Div. I Coach of the Year. He has accomplished a 292-83-1 overall career, including nine State Championships, four State Runner-ups, six State Championships in a row and a 45-game winning streak.
Information courtesy of Bishop Ward High School
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