For Immediate Release: August 29, 2017
Building Baseball - A Triple-Play Partnership between The Rhode Island Building &
Construction Trades Council, The Pawtucket Red Sox and Local Communities in Need
When: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 3:30pm
Where: WWII Veterans Memorial Park, Social Street, Woonsocket, RI
The Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council and the Pawtucket Red Sox are proud to announce their organizations’ newly formed charitable partnership, Building Baseball. By combining their talent and resources, Building Baseball aims to further advance the revitalization of Little League fields and Babe Ruth ball parks in urban and underserved communities throughout the state. Its first project will be the construc-tion of a state-of-the-art concession stand at the Lajoie Little Leaue Field in Woonsocket.
"One of the most vital tenets of the Building Trades is giving back to the communities where we work and raise our families," explains Michael F. Sabitoni, President of the Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council (RIBCTC). "We know the positive impact the game of baseball has on youth and the life lessons it teaches. Through the Building Baseball collaboration with the PawSox, our highly skilled union tradesmen and women can volunteer their time and expertise to assist in the restoration and rejuvenation of ball parks, as well as inspire more passion for the sport."
The RILBTC is a coalition of sixteen (16) local trade unions with over 9,500 members in and around the state. Since its inception, it craftsmen and women have volunteered their time and skills in local construction pro-jects that serve our communities.
"As Rhode Island’s professional baseball organization, we are excited to enhance our support of the Ocean State’s Little Leagues by collaborating with the hard working men and women of the Rhode Island Building Trades," states Dr. Charles Steinberg, President, Pawtucket Red Sox. "Our goal is to spark more children and young athletes to participate in the game and benefit from all the opportunities it provides. Our combined efforts through the Building Baseball partnership will translate into safer and more welcoming ballparks in Rhode Island’s communities."
Not only will the concession stand at Lajoie Field add more convenience and a better experience for players and spectators, it will allow the city to host tournaments.
"We are grateful Building Baseball has chosen our city as its first project to enhance our Little League field," states Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. "The concession stand will fulfill the final requirement for utiliz-ing the Napoleon "Nap" Lajoie Field for tournament play. I am looking forward with great anticipation and am extremely excited for the use of the concession stand and press box during next year’s baseball season."
Building Baseball will also offer other communities the opportunity to apply for services at their ballparks in the near future.