Erie, Pa: The Erie Sports Commission has announced the recipients of its Facility Matching Funds grants for 2018-19, with awards totaling $10,000 to fund improvement projects at Erie County sporting event facilities. Three recipients were awarded: $5,000 to the David Long Baseball/Softball Complex, $4,000 was awarded to the Erie County Elite Athletic Academy (E2A2) and $1,000 was awarded to the Henry Fish Sports Complex.
“We established this program to help ensure that the sporting events facilities in Erie continue to thrive,” said Mark Jeanneret, CSEE, executive director of the Erie Sports Commission. “Without proper facilities, we can’t attract new events. Each of the projects awarded address a specific need and growth opportunity in our region, in particular baseball and lacrosse. All three awards should have an immediate impact. We are looking forward to working with each of these facilities as we seek to bring new events to Erie County.”
The David Long Complex at Walnut Creek Middle School will receive $5,000 to make improvements to a fifth field at the complex, including updating the infield to improve drainage and installation of a new outfield fence. The Henry Fish Sports Complex will receive another $1,000 for equipment that will allow for growth in the organization’s lacrosse programs.
“Renovating Walnut Creek Field 5 will give our community another first-class and reliable diamond at the existing four-field complex,” said Rick Rohan, director of baseball operations for MYAA. “The addition of a playable field allows us to host more teams in established tournaments, and grow out-of-town participation.”
“The additional equipment that we are able to purchase with the ESC grant will allow us to keep up with the demand for increased participation in youth lacrosse, and allow us to achieve our goal of hosting at least one annual lacrosse tournament in Erie,” said Mark Harris, co-chair of the Henry Fish Sports Complex.
E2A2 will receive a $4,000 grant for athlete locker rooms in the facility, which will be able to host basketball and baseball/softball events.
“We established E2A2 with the goal of bringing first-class athletes to the Erie region,” said Fred Mirarchi, co-owner of E2A2. “Having the support of the ESC as we finish this project has been a great help in getting us across the finish line.”
The Erie Sports Commission Facility Matching Funds Program was created to provide matching grants for facility improvements or new equipment at locations in Erie County that can host sporting events and tournaments. The next round of applications for 2020 matching funds will open in November 2019.
For more information, visit https://www.eriesportscommission.com/contact/facility-matching-funds/.