Cubs Charities has awarded New Life Centers a 2018 Diamond Project grant to help improve youth baseball and softball fields and facilities across Chicago’s neighborhoods!

This $150,000 grant will pay for lights to be installed at the two softball and baseball fields at La Villita Park in Little Village. This installment will allow the community to play more games as play will no longer have to stop once the sun goes down.

Since 2014, the Diamond Project has invested more than $7.3 million to fund 60 investment capital projects, distributed equipment to 14 organizations and provided operating support to 45 youth leagues. Of the capital projects supported to date, 66% are located in under-resourced communities representing more than half of Chicago’s 50 wards. 

The Diamond Project provides funds to nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations to expand opportunities for children to play baseball and softball and improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local baseball fields or indoor training facilities.  

Cubs Charities, with assistance from Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago, selected 14 local capital improvement projects in 2018 to receive Diamond Project grants to support field surfaces, indoor training amenities, general field and stadium support and field maintenance.