The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation has selected five nonprofit organizations that will split a half-million-dollar donation through the Texas Rangers 50th Anniversary Legacy Grant Program.
Since its inception in 1991, the Foundation has invested more than $50 million in the community to improving the lives of children in need. The Foundation provides funding for children, the military, first responders and their families, through educational, health, and athletic programming and partnerships.
Faced with ever-increasing need in the community, the Foundation is providing more financial support than ever through the support of partner organizations and emergency relief organizations.
The following agencies will each receive a $100,000 grant through the newly announced 50th Anniversary Legacy Grant Program:
Adaptive Training Foundation
The Adaptive Training Foundation serves wounded and injured military veterans, first responders and disabled community members. Its programs are designed to provide quality, customized training that helps those living with physical disabilities create sustainable lifestyle changes. Through intense physical and mental coaching, ATF provides a path for each adaptive athlete to find confidence and mobility.
Arlington Independent School District Education Foundation
The Arlington ISD Education Foundation was founded in 1994 to serve the public school students of Arlington through fulfilling extraordinary educational needs and initiatives. The Foundation achieves its mission by funding exceptional teaching grants, providing funds for basic needs for at-risk students, and supporting continuing teacher education efforts.
Artes de la Rosa
Artes de la Rosa is the only Latino cultural center in Fort Worth and Tarrant County that is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and interpreting the art, culture, lives, and history of the Latino community for all to enjoy. The organization has established a venue for Latino art and cultural performances and offers educational art/culture programs to the community including youth in low-income neighborhoods. It also provides opportunities and support for established and emerging artists and performers.
Established in 2008, C5 Youth Foundation of Texas changes the odds for high potential youth, inspiring them to pursue personal success and preparing them for leadership roles in college, work and their communities. The organization engages middle and high school students from under resourced communities in five years of intensive leadership experiences Since its inception, 100% of the organization’s 5th year students have graduated high school and 97% have been accepted into higher learning.
Traffick911 exists to free youth from sex trafficking. This operates a 24/7 crisis response. Founded in 2009 by community activists who discovered that child sex trafficking was happening in North Texas, the organization’s abolition efforts include training over 82,000 youth and adults face-to-face with prevention and awareness messages.
“During this milestone 50th anniversary season and 30th anniversary for the Rangers Foundation, it was important to establish this Legacy Grant Program to ensure the Rangers continue to positively impact the community for many years to come,” said Neil Leibman, Texas Rangers President, Business Operations and Chief Operating Officer, and Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation Chairman. “The five deserving organizations selected to receive these $100,000 grants will do just that by continuing their life-changing work for those they serve in the community, and we look forward to the legacy these organizations establish alongside the Texas Rangers and Rangers Foundation.”
Nonprofit organizations throughout the Rangers’ five state viewing territory were eligible to apply for the Rangers 50th Anniversary Legacy Grant. The recipients were narrowed down from hundreds of applicants and selected by the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation Grant Selection Committee after an extensive application and interview process.
“Our organization is humbly blessed and grateful to be selected as recipient of this legacy grant alongside other great organizations,” said William Girón, Executive Director, Artes de la Rosa. “This milestone funding will assist Artes de la Rosa to continue the great work at hand in empowering our youth, families and community through cultural multidisciplinary fine art forms.”
The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation awarded grants to organizations that share a similar mission to improve the lives of those in the community, especially children, military, first responders and their families, through innovative programming and partnerships that focus on education, health and athletics.
“This investment in our adaptive athletes is the critical force multiplier for them to redefine their lives,” said David Vobora, Founder and CEO, Adaptive Training Foundation. “We believe in access and opportunity for all those that we serve and to receive this gift from a legendary organization that is the Texas Rangers, it means the world.”
The Legacy Grant recipients were announced during a check presentation at Globe Life Field. Participants included the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation Board of Directors, Tom Grieve, who is retiring at the end of this season after 55 years with the franchise.
“The Arlington ISD Education Foundation is proud to partner with the AISD and Texas Rangers Foundation to bring innovative hands-on discovery and play to all of the district’s Pre-K students,” said Kelly Curnutt, Board President, Arlington Independent School District Education Foundation. “There’s no better way to celebrate the legacy of 50 years of the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation than through building stronger, healthier futures for Arlington ISD’s youngest learners.”