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Blue Jays charity allows Alberta First Nation community to upgrade deteriorating ball diamond

Former Blue Jay all-star on hand to deliver the news

August 2, 2023  By Turf & Rec

The Toronto Blue Jays organization will be helping an Alberta First Nation community build a brand new baseball field atop a diamond that has seen better days.

The Jays Care Foundation is contributing $240,000 toward the project at the Maskwacis’ Louis Bull Tribe field south of Edmonton. The existing field was deteriorating over the years to the point where it became virtually unused. An application made to the Jays Care Foundation for funding assistance was accepted and was the Jays’ lone project in Alberta.

The awarding of the funding was announced on Tuesday during a formal presentation attended by Jesse Barfield, a star outfielder for the Blue Jays during the 1980s.

Upgrades to the diamond are expected to be completed later this year.


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