College World Series of Omaha, Inc., and NCAA Team Works have given $82,500 in contributions this year to local sports and area organizations.
“The public- private partnership College World Series of Omaha, Inc., has with the NCAA, the city of Omaha and the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA), allows us to put on a great event for student-athletes and fans across the country; and it also fosters community involvement,” said College World Series of Omaha, Inc., Chairman Jack Diesing.
“This includes financial support of baseball and softball and the benefits it provides to young people by promoting teamwork and sportsmanship through amateur athletics.”
Among the organizations receiving grants for 2014, one is the Latino Police Officers Association to help buy uniforms and equipment for the South Omaha Athletic League. The program is offered free to “at-risk” inner-city children.
A gift was awarded to Creighton University to help fund the new indoor Rasmussen Center and turf replacement at the school’s outdoor baseball complex.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha is receiving funding for field maintenance at its shared field at Boys Town. These locations serve as practice sites for teams competing in the NCAA Men’s College World Series as well as high school teams.
Several other local organizations are benefiting from the money as well, including schools and little leagues in the Omaha area.
Nearly 4 million dollars in grants have been given out since the program began in 1973.