When the viability of the West End Reds/TS Bulls youth baseball club near downtown Cincinnati was threatened by a lack of money, Powell Valves went to bat.
Through its William Powell Company Foundation, Powell Valves made a donation to help sustain the club, which consists of six baseball teams for boys and girls ages 4-13. Earlier this year the Cincinnati Enquirer reported the club needs a minimum of $12,000 a year for uniforms, equipment, field fees, trophies and travel, etc., in order to survive. While the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund provides a majority of the club’s support, it still was $3,000 short last year and was falling further behind this year.
A GoFundMe campaign raised $10,390 for the club. Powell, whose corporate offices are close to the club’s home turf, provided a large donation outside the GoFundMe campaign to ensure the club’s future.
“One of our executives (Tim Fries) and I read the article and we were touched by the story,” Powell President, CEO and Chairman Randy Cowart said. “We are huge baseball fans, plus this club is great for the boys and girls in the West End. Coach Fred is using baseball as the vehicle to prepare young men and women for adulthood. We could not be more proud of the players, parents and coaches.”