SNY Play Ball presented by Chick-fil-A has awarded the Belleville Department of Recreation with a $5,000 grant to purchase helmets and catcher’s gear, and to repair a damaged batting cage. The equipment is much needed due to Covid safety protocols no longer allowing for sharing among players. The new batting cage will enhance the practice and development for the players in the league. Belleville provides baseball and softball programs to its community’s youth free of charge, one of the few towns in the country that does so. Within the town nearly 1 in 5 children grow up in poverty, and funding has been drastically decreased due to a major decline in tax revenue caused in part by four major industrial facilities either closing or relocating from the Township. Despite these challenges, they have sustained the ability to offer free baseball and softball programs for 600+ youth.