CINCINNATI - As the Cincinnati Reds get ready for opening day, so are young athletes across the city.
More than 1,200 kids were slated to take part in the 7th Annual Reds Community Fund Field Day on Saturday.
9 On Your Side reporter Mario Ramirez joined about 60 young players at Gardner Park in Lockland for the event. The kids cleaned up three fields at the park.
The Reds said the fund will donate $700,000 to local youth baseball and softball teams to help offset the cost of uniforms, equipment and league fees.
The mission began in 2007 as a way to clean up baseball fields that have been renovated by the Reds Community Fund.
In exchange for receiving funding, teams are required to participate in community service projects throughout the baseball season.
Reds' mascots also took part and the events were open to the public.