Cubs Charities Aims To Rebuild Little League Baseball Fields in Puerto Rico

Keith Johnson
December 25, 2019 - 11:04 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Cubs Charities along with neighborhood resources giant LISC Chicago have extended their reach to Puerto Rico to help the island's youth return to their field of dreams. 

Twenty-five Little League Baseball fields in Puerto Rico were heavily damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

Alicia Gonzalez, executive director of Cubs Charities, said getting involved was an easy decision because Cubs All-Star Javier Báez, who is Puerto Rican, is also committed to reconstruction efforts in the Caribbean country. 

LISC is leading the $1.4-million campaign with its "Play Ball Again" initiative.

Gonzalez said LISC recruited Cubs Charities to help restore the baseball fields in Puerto Rico because of the success of its Cubs Diamond Project, which expands opportunities for children in Chicagoland-area to play baseball and softball and create or preserve green space.

 The restoration initiative will create space for programming for more than 17,500 youth in Puerto Rico.