By Phil Orlandella
The Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street will be one of four sites that the Boston Red Sox Foundation will install indoor batting cages.
Batting cage installation is made possible by a grant from the Youth Development Foundation, an organization set up in 2015 by Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) to improve the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada.
“Baseball isn’t just a sport, it’s a passion for so many Boston residents and children will allow people throughout the City to try their baseball game in a welcome, assessable environment,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
“I’m grateful to our Red Sox Foundation partners for providing BCYF centers batting cages that will allow our youth athletes to enjoy baseball throughout every month of the year,” he added.
“Major League Baseball is pleased to contribute to a project that will allow young people throughout Boston to hone their skills and enjoy our sport year-round,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “This particular effort serves as a great illustration of the impact that the joint Youth Development Foundation is making on worthy initiatives in Major League markets. MLB also commended the Red Sox franchise on its exceptional commitment to the communities of Boston.”
Players from the North End Athletic Association (NEAA) baseball program, which includes participants on many teams made up of all ages, will be taken the opportunity to utilize this indoor batting cage.
The Nazzaro Center membership will also take advantage of the cage on a daily basis.