Van Baseball and Softball Association awarded grant by Rangers Foundation and Globe Life

KRISTI JOHNSTON AND Cory Lewellen accept a 2018 Globe Life and Texas Rangers Baseball and Softball Grant for the Van Baseball and Softball Association on Friday at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Van Baseball and Softball Association was one of 11 nonprofit organizations in Texas and Louisiana to receive a grant from the Globe Life and Accident Insurance Co. and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation to support youth baseball and softball programs.

The grants were presented during a ceremony before Friday's game against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

According to the news release, in February 2014, the Texas Rangers and Globe Life announced a 10-year agreement establishing Globe Life Park in Arlington as the new name for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. As part of the agreement with the Rangers, Globe Life is making a substantial commitment to support youth baseball and softball programs in the Rangers' five-state territory by joining with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation in the grant partnership program.

During the past seven years, more than $550,000 has been distributed to more than 69 different organizations — impacting more than 60,000 kids and more than 50 different communities through the Globe Life Texas Rangers Baseball and Softball Grant Program, according to the release.

The grant awarded to the Van Baseball and Softball Association will be used to replace the backstop and add dugouts for the T-ball field.

Joining Van as other recipients of the 2018 grants were the El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association, the Fort Worth Southwest High School softball program, Frazier Revitalization, Greenville High School, Legacy Ranch, the Opelousas High School baseball team, Opelousas Senior High School, the Paris Optimist Foundation, Sunray ISD and the Texas Leadership Charter Academy.

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