(Batavia Township, OH) -- About a year ago, Reds majority owner Bob Castellini was asked why the team and the Reds Community Fund hadn't done much in Clermont County. Since then, they've gotten to work, expanding the Reds Rookie Success League. Kids who qualify for free school lunches in Clermont County will be elligible for the League in June. Community Fund director Charlie Frank says it offers mentoring and instruction for kids 6 to 12, along with transportation and tickets to a Reds game, along with team hats and jerseys.
The Community Fund and right fielder Jay Bruce are also sponsoring improvements to a baseball field at the Batavia Township Community Center. Bruce asked that it be named for the man who signed him for the Reds, the late Brian Wilson. He died in 2006, from a heart attack. He was 33.
When it's finished early next year, the field will be home for the UC Clermont Cougars. To date, the Reds Community Fund has done work on 300 baseball fields in the Tri-State. About a half dozen of them are named for someone.