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Metro Parks Newsroom

PNC Bank to Make Donation for Youth League Lighting Expenses

Thursday March 27, 2008

City will establish fund for needy ball clubs

PNC Bank is donating $15,000 to help pay for lighting expenses incurred by youth leagues that use Louisville Metro Parks, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

The money will help leagues that cannot afford to pay their LG&E bills, under a new policy announced this month by Metro Parks.

“Once again, PNC has shown why it is a great corporate citizen,” Abramson said. “This money will make a real difference to youth leagues around the city who cannot afford their utility bills.”

“A key goal of our community mission is the development of happy, healthy children,” said Craig Grant, Regional President for PNC Bank. “We think youth sports leagues can have a positive influence in this regard, and we are happy that we are in a position to help.”

Due to the city’s $9.4 million budget shortfall, Metro Parks announced this month that it would require youth sports leagues to help pay for the utilities they use on the ball fields and at concessions stands. This would save the city an estimated $30,000 for the remainder of the fiscal year.

The change affects about a dozen organizations, including soccer and baseball groups.

Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz will work to establish a mechanism through the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation so youth leagues could apply for the money. The foundation is a new non-profit organization that works to improve recreation opportunities for Metro Parks.

Other companies or agencies that would like to donate to the needy ball club fund should contact Andrew Crocker with the parks foundation at 502/456-1857.