The Kelowna Minor Baseball Association is getting a boost of $23,100 thanks to the Province’s community gaming grant program.

“Hitting the baseball diamond helps kids stay active, have fun, and develop important life skills like teamwork and sportsmanship,” says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “For participants aged 6-18, it’s also a chance to develop lifelong friendships and contribute to the community’s love of sport.”

“Baseball is the sport of summer, and our government is pleased to support another great season of minor baseball in Kelowna,” says Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “This grant will help coaches and staff members continue their great work developing the baseball talent of tomorrow.”

“There’s no better place to take in a game than a ballpark in Kelowna on a warm summer day,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “Whether it’s attending a game as a spectator or welcoming out-of-town guests to our great community, all of us have a role to play in supporting our local minor sports teams.”

This grant is awarded under the Sport category of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Public Safety, Environment and Human and Social Services.

In the 2012/13 fiscal year, our government distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find full application information at www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.