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GRADY GREY KNIGHTS ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB INC's Fundraiser:

Grady's First-Ever On-site Batting Facility

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GRADY GREY KNIGHTS ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB INC's Photo
GRADY GREY KNIGHTS ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB INC's Photo

THE STORY:

Grady High School is the only traditional high school within Atlanta Public Schools without an on-site or adjacent baseball or softball field or practice facility. Grady High School is a flagship, inner-city Atlanta school and its baseball program has played a significant role in the history of Georgia baseball. The prestigious Georgia Dugout Club (http://www.gdcbaseball.org) was co-founded in 1962 by the then coach of Grady High baseball – E.E. Red Whitsett. Until the 1990s Grady had access to the large city park across the street – Piedmont Park. However, after the Piedmont Park Conservancy was formed, Grady baseball was no longer allowed to play or practice in the park. Despite years of parent and player advocacy, our teams are still excluded from the park and still don't have an adjacent home field, and no baseball or softball practice facility on campus. Instead, our players are bused to a shared field across town for practice and games (16 miles roundtrip). This adds additional hardship on our student athletes. Our players must wait for an afternoon bus to return to Grady after it makes an after-school route. This means a 45-minute (average) wait after school before making a minimum 30-minute, one-way commute in afternoon, interstate traffic, through Atlanta's dangerous 'Grady Hospital curve.' This results in practices beginning late, thus ending late, which cuts into academic time.

It is the mission of the newly revitalized Grady Dugout Club to help each baseball and softball player grow and develop individually, and as a team, by funding an on-site, covered batting cage and bullpen.

This practice facility will allow the players to:
1. Begin practice directly after school while waiting for the bus to transport them to the off-site field.
2. Hold a productive practice on days when the off-site field is not available because

                  a. it is being used by another team.
                  b. there are poor field conditions.
                  c. there is a threat of inclement weather.

3. Have an area to warm up prior to games — Grady's shared, off-site "home" field is not equipped with a batting cage.

To achieve our goal, we need the help of our community and anyone who loves the sport of baseball and/or softball. While Atlanta Public School is allowing us a site to house the indoor batting cage, the Grady Dugout Club is solely responsible for funding. Total expenses are estimated at $32,000. This includes materials for the concrete foundation, construction, turf, netting for two batting cages, L-screens, bullpen and a shingled pavilion. This is a long-term investment in the students of the Grady cluster and in the Grady High School baseball and softball programs. Contributions are tax-deductible and any amount will be a win for our girls and boys! For more information, please contact gradyknightsbaseball@gmail.com.

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To This Fundraiser

$18,963

MONEY RAISED
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  • Grady Dugout Club

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Schwartz

    $100

  • Leslie and Alan Wolfe

    $25

  • Nora Schmitz

    $500

  • Hodgson Family

    $100

  • Muntzing

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • roni hanson melmed

    $75

  • Smoothie King @ Edgewood

    $200

  • Beverly Gibson

    $100

  • Pete Mastin

    $200

  • Lisa McFarland

    $500

  • Tom S.

     

  • Larissa and Bill Bradburn

    $50

  • Summerfest Raffle

    $2,238

  • Mary R Stouffer

    $100

  • Tim Langan

    $500

  • Lepik Family

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Knowles

    $250

  • Matt Westmoreland

    $1,000

  • Moe's at Ansley Mall

    $500

  • The Shevlin Family - Lily Class of 2019 and Benton Class of 2021

    $200

  • Sarah and Edgar Ackerman

    $200

  • Preston family

    $100

  • The Otto Family

    $200

  • Dr. Allen Ecker

    $2,000

  • Virginia-Highland Civic Association

    $1,500

  • Inman Middle School PTA

    $1,250

  • Jim Gilfillan

    $250

  • Scott Levens

    $250

  • Atlanta Braves Foundation

    $2,500

  • The Hurlburt Family

    $500

  • Grady baseball & softball team parking lot fundraiser

    $1,700

  • Jeff and Shelly Riddle

    $500

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59% Raised of $32,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $18,963 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Jeff and Shelly Riddle

Jeff and Shelly Riddle

DONATION: $500

1 year ago

Grady baseball & softball team parking lot fundraiser

Grady baseball & softball team parking lot fundraiser

DONATION: $1,700

1 year ago

The Hurlburt Family

The Hurlburt Family

DONATION: $500

1 year ago

Atlanta Braves Foundation

Atlanta Braves Foundation

DONATION: $2,500

1 year ago

Scott Levens

Scott Levens

DONATION: $250

1 year ago

Jim Gilfillan

Jim Gilfillan

DONATION: $250

1 year ago

Inman Middle School PTA

Inman Middle School PTA

DONATION: $1,250

1 year ago

Virginia-Highland Civic Association

Virginia-Highland Civic Association

DONATION: $1,500

1 year ago

Dr. Allen Ecker

Dr. Allen Ecker

DONATION: $2,000

1 year ago

The Otto Family

The Otto Family

DONATION: $200

1 year ago