Amazin’ Mets Foundation issues $240,000 in grants to local little leagues

Amazin’ Mets Foundation President Alex Cohen with Mr. Met.
File photo by Bruce Adler

The Amazin’ Mets Foundation, led by philanthropist and Mets owner Alex Cohen, announced Wednesday it will be devoting a total of $240,000 of grants towards supporting various local little leagues in New York City and on Long Island. Each organization receiving the grants will have a special Amazin’ Mets Foundation patch included on the team uniforms for the upcoming season.

Among the Queens little league organizations that will be receiving grants from the Amazin’ Mets Foundation are Bayside Little League, College Point Little League, Dwarf Giraffe Little League of Whitestone, the Forest Hills Youth Athletic Association, the Ozone Howard Little League Youth Association and WORKS Little League in Woodhaven.

College Point Little League is among the local little league organizations receiving a grant from the Amazin’ Mets Foundation. Photo via Facebook/College Point Little League

The Long Island little league organizations to also receive grants included Valley Stream Little League, Freeport Little League, the Malverne Junior Baseball League and North Bellmore-North Merrick Little League. Additionally, the NY Girls Baseball League, which extends across Long Island, New York City and beyond, also received a grant.

The grants for Bayside Little League ($10,000), Valley Stream Little League ($30,000), Dwarf Giraffe Little League of Whitestone ($10,000), the Forest Hills Youth Athletic Association ($21,000) and Freeport Little League ($2,000) are each meant to support the purchase of uniforms for the kids playing in the league during the 2024 season.

College Point Little League will be applying their $4,000 grant to supporting umpire fees for the upcoming season. Malverne Junior Baseball League’s $20,000 grant will go towards getting an infield groomer for the fields. North Bellmore-North Merrick Little League will apply their $75,000 grant towards buying a new backstop and upgrading the fencing and dugouts. The $3,000 grant for WORKS Little League is going towards registration scholarships for athletes.

The NY Girls Baseball League will be dedicating their $20,000 grant towards supporting registration scholarships for low-income athletes, as well as getting new uniforms for the 2024 season. The Ozone Howard Little League Youth Association will apply their $45,000 grant to umpire fees, getting new uniforms and registration fees for up to 100 kids.

Another $260,000 grant was also recently provided by the Amazin’ Mets Foundation towards supporting an ambulance at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Since its inception in 2021, the Amazin’ Mets Foundation has provided more than $9.8 million to support grant funding efforts, as well as program initiatives.