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Major League Baseball Announces ‘Legacy Projects’ For San Diego

All-Star game logo hangs in the window of the Western Metal Supply Co. buildi...

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Above: All-Star game logo hangs in the window of the Western Metal Supply Co. building in downtown San Diego. April 25, 2016.

This year MLB charities and the San Diego Padres will donate nearly $5 million to local projects and charities under the All-Star Legacy Initiative.

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Map of San Diego showing all six of Major League Baseball's "All-Star Legacy Projects."

Major League Baseball and the San Diego Padres are teaming up.

On Monday, MLB Charities and the Padres Foundation announced they will donate nearly $5 million to projects and charities, including many in San Diego and Tijuana. The charitable program is done in tandem with the upcoming MLB All-Star Game, which is taking place in July at San Diego's Petco Park.

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Tom Brasuell, Vice President of Community Affairs for Major League Baseball, talks in front of the concourse at Petco Park about the MLB's All-Star Legacy Initiatives. April 25, 2016.

A large portion of that donation will fund six All-Star Legacy Initiative projects throughout the region.

Projects include new baseball and softball fields at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, San Pasqual Academy, and the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA.

MLB's Vice President of Community Affairs Tom Brasuell said the projects are designed to benefit the entire community.

“Not everyone is going to be a Major League Baseball player, but we can certainly develop major league citizens," Brasuell said. "These projects, whether they be at a Boys and Girls Club, at the Monarch School, San Pasqual, all of those projects can affect kids and their families for years to come.”

Other projects include building a multi-use recreation area at Club de Niños y Niñas de Mexico in Tijuana, the first international All-Star Initiative project. There will also be a technology upgrade for REBOOT, which helps veterans transition to civilian life.

Construction on the Legacy Projects is already underway, with plans to finish in time for the All-Star game in July.

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