DHL Teams Up With New York Mets To Launch 2006 Season Field Refurbishment Initiative
PLANTATION, FL -- June 28, 2006, Chicago and South Florida Community Youth Baseball Parks Also to Get Facelift from DHL
DHL, the world’s leading express delivery and logistics company, and the Official Express Delivery and Logistics Provider of Major League Baseball, today announced their commitment to refurbishing three additional community baseball parks as part of the DHL national community baseball field refurbishment initiative.
The DHL field refurbishment initiative will begin with a June 28 event where DHL employees together with the New York Mets staff and other volunteers will renovate Field #10 in Flushing Meadow Corona Park in Queens, landscaping, re-sodding the infield, seeding the outfield, replacing fencing, and refurbishing and painting benches. The renovated field will accommodate more than 2,000 boys and girls from the ASOPEC and Dominicana USA youth leagues through the 2006 season.
“After successfully renovating fields in Houston, Phoenix and Atlanta during the 2005 season, DHL looks forward to refurbishing fields in several of our MLB partner markets and giving the gift of baseball back to the youth in the local community,” said Kelly Keogh, director of corporate citizenship for DHL. “DHL employee volunteers in each market will turn out to help renovate the youth baseball fields as one of several DHL employee initiatives dedicated to giving back to the communities where we live and work,” added Keogh.
Later in the season, DHL will also work with the Chicago White Sox and the Florida Marlins, to provide much needed renovations, refurbishments and enhancements to youth community parks in Chicago and South Florida, respectively. With requirements varying for each field, DHL improvements may include: general landscaping improvement, sprinkler system repair, resurfacing base paths, providing a new pitcher’s mound, renovation of dugouts and batting cages, new fencing, painting of bleachers and benches, and installation of new scoreboards and concession stands. At the end of each day, DHL employees will hand over the finalized field to the local youth baseball league, who will be invited to play an exhibition game on the newly refurbished field.
In addition, Louisville Slugger will donate new baseball equipment to outfit youth baseball teams at each field refurbished by DHL, including bats, hanging bat bags, catcher’s gear, catcher’s mitts, batting helmets, hanging helmet bags, and equipment bags.
DHL is in its second season of a three-year, multi-faceted marketing partnership with Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Advanced Media. In addition to providing both organizations with express delivery and logistics services, DHL also has partnerships with seven MLB clubs including the Atlanta Braves, the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants.
DHL is also the proud sponsor of the “DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award” and the “DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award,” which recognize the most outstanding relief pitcher each month of the regular season and the most outstanding relief pitcher for the 2006 season as a whole.
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