Field at Bob Russell Park Dedicated to Adam Wainwright by Cardinals Care
Adam Wainwright Field Dedication by Cardinals Care
Many gathered at the Mathews-Dickey at Bob Russell park for the dedication of the field to St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Adam Wainwright. Media such as Fox Sports Midwest, St. Louis Post Dispatch, KMOV Channel 4 and KSDK Channel 5 were on hand to capture the dedication live.
Cardinals Team President Bill DeWitt, III, was joined in the ceremonies by Michael Hall, Executive Director of Cardinals Care & Vice President of Community Relations; Cathy Bradley of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund; Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club President and CEO Wendell Covington, Jr.; Co-Founder and emeritus president Martin L. Mathews; Bellefontaine Mayor Bob Doerr and Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright.
Why Wainwright Field?
Wainwright supports the community by making a personal financial commitment, donating a portion of the proceeds from his Annual Big League Impact Fantasy Football Draft, giving his time to sign countless autographs, appearing at the Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up each January and hosting a group of young people at a game each month through his “Wainwright’s Winners” program.
How Its Funded
Adam Wainwright Field is phase one of a three-part renovation of Bob Russell Park to take place over three years. The Phase I renovation was made possible by a grant donated by The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, which The St. Louis Cardinals then matched to help build this facility with Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund
A joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses.
Since 1997, Cardinals Care has provided cash grants to children’s organizations and founded the flagship youth baseball program, Redbird Rookies. Over 4,000 St. Louis area kids are afforded the chance to play baseball and learn life lessons along the way. Cardinals Care has built or revived 22 ball fields in and around St. Louis.
Contribution Through Tax Credits
We still have two more phases to go in order to realize our three part plan. We still have tax credits available. To learn more about how to make the most of your contribution, view our BobRussell Tax Credit Brochure or visit our Bob Russell page. The restoration has been a long time coming and, together, we’re looking forward to reviving baseball in the inner cities through these great partnerships represented here in this ceremony.