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City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority Hits Community Home Run

Pitching machines funding encourages outdoor participation and community engagement

ATLANTA (March 24, 2015) − The City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority ("the Authority") recently provided more than $63,000 to the City of Atlanta for funding of 12 professional pitching machines and batting cages, the first of which was unveiled at Adams Park during a special ceremony on March 24, 2015. Among the dignitaries present at the unveiling was CJ Stewart, former outfielder with the Chicago Cubs, who was on hand to commemorate the event with a celebratory opening pitch.
"These batting cages and pitching machines are a perfect example of our mission in action," said William K Whitner, chair of the Authority. "We saw a need in the city and county for our youth, and the Authority's board made a decision to fulfill that need. We were thrilled to participate in this event at Adams Park."
The Authority's funding was part of a larger partnership with the City of Atlanta's Department of Parks and Recreation and Coca-Cola Company which focused on motivating Atlanta's youth to embrace sportsmanship, strength training, and community leadership both on and off the field.