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Manny Acta, president of the Impacta Kids Foundation, inaugurated the fourth training Little League baseball field in the municipality Consuelo, San Pedro de Macoris city in the Dominican Republic.
The stadium was named after the late baseball player and pride of the Municipality of Consuelo, Rafael (El Gallo) Batista. The dugouts are also marked with the names of former military baseball players, Guillermo Arrendel (Aranda) and Miguel Peguero Fabian.
In the opening ceremony, the Batista family appreciated the gesture of Manny Acta in recognizing Mr. Batista. Also, Guillermo Arrendel as well as Miguel Fabian thanked the distinction.
Manny Acta, meanwhile, visibly moved, stressed the qualities of Rafael Batista, as a human being and his major impact in the winter ball season in the Dominican Republic.
With the opening of this training field, The Impacta Kids Foundation, chaired by Manny Acta, has already built four baseball fields for the use and enjoyment of the Little League baseball.
In the past baseball fields such as the ”Sammy Sosa”, “Rico Carty”, “Julio Cesar Franco”, as well as the “Alfredo Griffin” school were opened in these same grounds.
The Rafael Batista baseball field has a dimension of 150 feet 165 and 150, where children ranging from 9 to 11 years of age will have the chance to practice some baseball while having a good time.
For the fourth consecutive year, Manny Acta, President of Impacta Kids Foundation, the Players Major League Baseball Players Association taught some baseball fundamentals to more than 400 children in the municipality of Consuelo, San Pedro de Macoris.
The meeting was held in the Manny Acta Sports and Educational field, who currently has the Sammy Sosa, Rico Carty, Julio Cesar Franco fields as well as the Alfredo Griffin school.
Among the players who participated in the clinic were Emilio Bonifacio, Esmil Rogers, as well as former players Julio Cesar Franco, Alfredo Griffin, Luis Mercedes, Francisco Morales, Andres Santana, Hector Eduardo, Alberto Lois, Beban Roy Luis, Juan Ramón Bernhardt (Moncho).
After the clinic was finished, the hundreds of kids received a delicious lunch, and spa in the recreation center “El Compadre”, which is located on the outskirts of the municipality Consuelo.
Celebrity Bowling Fundraiser
Proceeds help provide scholarships in Cleveland, build homes in Dominican
By Zack Meisel / MLB.com
CLEVELAND — The Indians threw some strikes during Thursday’s off- day.
Riding an eight-game losing streak, the club returned to Cleveland in time for Manny Acta’s second annual charity bowling fundraiser. The event, run by the ImpACTA Kids Foundation, is used to provide scholarship opportunities to kids in Cleveland, build homes in Acta’s native country, the Dominican Republic, and help other needy children in both areas.
“It’s unfortunate that it’s happening at this time, the way things are with our baseball club,” Acta said. “But we just want to give back to our fans. Unfortunately, it’s probably not the happiest time for them, but we’re here doing our part, and it’s a great time for our players to come out here and mingle with our fans.”
This year, some of the money raised went toward a new ambulance for the Dominican.
“That’s going to be very helpful for the people back home,” Acta said. “Part of the proceeds from this is going to go toward shipping it down there to the people that really need it.”
A slew of Indians players and front-office executives attended the event, including CEO Paul Dolan, president Mark Shapiro and general manager Chris Antonetti. Jack Hannahan, Lou Marson,
Jason Donald, Carlos Santana and a collection of teammates and coaches joined. The Cleveland celebrities bowled with and signed autographs for fans, who were treated to dinner, drinks and a raffle.
Justin Masterson, widely regarded in the home clubhouse as the team’s best bowler, said his fortune on the lanes has rivaled his tough luck on the mound.
“Lately, my luck in bowling has been the same,” Masterson said. “I’m good at knocking down all but one pin. I keep getting a bunch of nines.”
Masterson said it’s easier to throw a strike on the mound than to bowl one, adding that knocking down 10 pins is more rewarding than hitting his catcher’s mitt one time.
“If you do the little dance after you throw a strike in baseball, or even if you strike somebody out and do a little dance, I don’t think people would like it,” the 6-foot-6 right-hander said. “But if you get three strikes in bowling, you have to do the turkey dance. Maybe I should start doing the turkey dance on the mound.”
Masterson, referencing a turkey, or a stretch of three consecutive strikes, appreciated the opportunity to assist Acta in his fundraiser.
“Manny does a great job of helping people out,” Masterson said. “When it comes to his home in the Dominican, but also here in the States, he loves the game of baseball and has such a heart to impact kids’ lives.”
Last year, the event fell on the day the Indians acquired franchise favorite Jim Thome, the club’s all-time home run leader. This season, it comes amid a stretch during which the Indians have lost 21 of 25. Acta was glad to have a distraction for the evening.
“I don’t think anything can take my mind off baseball,” he said. “It’s obviously my job and my passion. It’s great to have a day off and to have an event like this. Players will be able to come out and relax. We always say that baseball is our job and our passion, but it’s not our life. This is a really good event where we try to give back to our fans and connect with them, and it’s also for a good cause.”
The ImpACTA Kids Foundation hosted its annual charity fundraiser at the Corner Alley on East 4th Street on Thursday, as it raised money to support causes in the Cleveland area and abroad.
Proceeds of the event supported two scholarships for local students, as well as the continued development of Manny Acta’s baseball academy and educational center in the Dominican Republic. Indians players and other local celebrities were on hand to interact with fans and support the foundations efforts.
The latest recipient of the foundation’s college scholarship was Halle Herringshaw, who graduated from Chardon High School last spring will attend John Carroll University this fall with the help of the scholarship fund.
“It’s absolutely great what Manny does and what the whole fundraiser does,” said Herringshaw. “It helps with a lot of college expenses. I’m going for Anesthesiology so I have a lot of years ahead of me of schooling so a scholarship really helps, and this is a really big one that helped me and relieved stress in applying for schools.”
The scholarship was a very pleasant surprise for her, she explained: “I was actually at work and my Mom called me and said, ‘Oh we’re going to the Indians game on Tuesday, you won the scholarship’ and I couldn’t believe it. I was really thrilled when I found out.”
In addition to the scholarship, the foundation has raised money to send an ambulance to the Dominican Republic to improve the health conditions of the local community.
Indians Pitcher Vinnie Pestano was one of many players on hand to support the ImpACTA Kids foundation. “They raise enough money to send an ambulance over there and they’ve got a great facility over there to keep them occupied and away from doing other stuff,” said Pestano. “It’s really great and all it takes is a couple hours of your time to come out here and interact with people and have some fun.”
The foundation was started in 2007, and this was the second year it held its fundraiser at the Corner Alley. Acta was very grateful for the community’s support of the event, and for the opportunity to support his childhood home.
“I grew up in a very poor community, and my dream was that if I was ever in a position to help out, I was going to,” said Acta. “Everyone’s support shows that people really care, and are really willing to make an impact in other people’s lives.”
– TribeVibe contributor Max Lom
CONSUELO, S.P.M.- The ImpACTA Kids Foundation in alliance with the Save the Children Foundation, USAID and Major League Baseball inaugurated a modern computer center in this county.
The computer center, designed to train the children of Consuelo, will function in the Alfredo Griffin Educational Complex, located on the Cocolos terrain.
This center was equipped with an inverter system, 4 computers, 20 Alpha Smart keyboards, a printing machine, scanner and copying machine.
The main table was hosted by Mr. Josué Ceballos, representative of USAID, Mrs. Peggy Morales, Community Affairs coordinator for MLB, Mrs. Carmen Acta, in representation of Manny Acta, president of the ImpACTA Kids Foundation and Mr. Ramón Pérez Tolentino, chairman of the Manny Acta league.
The blessing of the ceremony was led by Pastor Leonardo Hipólito Clemente of the Iglesia Bíblica Cristiana.
Pérez Tolentino thanked God and Manny Acta for all the contributions he has been providing the community.
“What we have inaugurated today is not just for the Manny Acta league, it is for all the sporting community of Consuelo, with hopes that our future athletes are prepared, organized and above all well educated”, said Pérez Tolentino.
Manny Acta’s ImpACTA Kids Foundation has done wonders for the children in Acta’s hometown of Consuelo, in the Dominican Republic. Acta has built fields and a library facility on fields once covered by weeds, and he’s also sponsored a Little League program that bears his name.
But Acta’s charitable efforts aren’t limited to the Dominican. He has taken to Cleveland as his home away from home, investing in the futures of some of the area’s best and brightest students through a scholarship program that began last year, his first at the helm of the Tribe.
On Tuesday, Acta awarded scholarships to two bright and motivated students – Ashley Linston, a graduate of St. Peter Chanel High School, and John Maher, a graduate of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School. Linston will be attending the University of Cincinnati this fall, majoring in pre-pharmacy, while Maher will be attending the University of Dayton, studying computer engineering.
In order to be eligible to win the $2,500 awards, Linston and Maher participated in an essay contest, compiled a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or better, enrolled in a four-year university for the fall and had plans to major in the field of science, technology or business. Each year, Acta is awarding the scholarships to one male and one female graduating senior in the greater Cleveland area who meets those criteria and has a financial need.
“I’m a part of this community now,” Acta said. “Our foundation is about making an impact on the lives of others, especially kids that are willing to give back to their community once they’ve achieved their goals.”
(Original Aricle @ – http://castrovince.mlblogs.com/2011/08/10/acta-awards-scholarships-to-local-students/)
The donation ceremony took place in the Alfredo Griffin Educational Center by Carmen Acta, on behalf of Manny Acta, President and creator of the Foundation. The female softball players appreciated the gesture and contribution that the ImpACTA Kids Foundation made, benefiting the youth of Consuelo.
Team leaders of small towns such as Don Juan, Monte Coca, and Ab-4 could benefit from the next round of donations.
(Original article via Consuelo S.P.M. – http://www.consuelocity.com/noticias.aspx?index=11D7D47F-9FF1-4343-BBA9-284BE69E660B)
In February, ImpACTA Kids Foundation celebrated the grand opening of the new educational center. The center is part of a project that includes two fields that are already in place and the third field to be completed this year.
Manny Acta, President and Founder of ImpACTA Kids, has long had a dream to build a facility for baseball that would give local kids a place to nurture their dreams and give them a chance to accomplish their goals on the field and in the classroom. Acta, himself, grew up in Consuelo and learned to play basebal on this very same property, where a cow pasture was converted into a makeshift baseball diamond, and rolled up socks and old broomsticks were the only equipment available. Today, Acta is giving back to his community that supported him and other baseball greats like, Sammy Sosa, Alfredo Griffin, Rico Carty and Julio Franco.
The day began with a ribbon cutting ceremony, attended by local and national dignitaries. After the Parade of Atheletes, they broke ground for the new baseball field, to be named after Julio Franco. The morning ended with a tour of the facilities’ Alfredo Griffin Educational Center, which provides computers and educational resources for the area children, followed by a luncheon for attendees.
All in all, the grand opening of the new ImpactaKids Foundation Educational Center was an important next step to the completion of a goal set by a young player who dreamed of making it to the big leagues and one day giving back to the community he loves.