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Northern New York Community Foundation Partners with Watertown Rapids to Power ‘Rapids Support Team’


WATERTOWN, N.Y. — The Watertown Rapids are pleased to introduce the Northern New York Community Foundation as the presenting partner of the newly established Rapids Support Team. The new Rapids Support Team Powered by the Northern New York Community Foundation will focus on providing more opportunities to support north country charitable endeavors through the Watertown Rapids.

Today’s announcement marks an expansion of the partnership between the Northern New York Community Foundation and the Rapids after growing together since the team’s inaugural season in 2018.

The Rapids, which announced the creation of the Rapids Support Team along with a Wall of Fame to be unveiled during the 2021 season, will enter their third season of competition with more than just baseball on their minds. The new Rapids Support Team Powered by the Northern New York Community Foundation is working to develop events to host around the calendar year.

Rapids General Manager Nicholas Czerow expanded on the partnership.

“We have such a unique platform and feel we can do so much more to honor our community’s generosity and recognize its many civic and community leaders. We all admire the work that the Northern New York Community Foundation does, and we are elated to have the Foundation build this program from the ground up with us.”

Czerow continued, “It has been a pleasure working with the Community Foundation team to unveil this partnership. We have shared some interesting ideas and are truly focused on helping each other reach our potential with this program.”

“We see this partnership as a way to broaden the ways we can uplift our community and team up with the people of the area to find new and creative ideas to build upon the charitable spirit that is part of our local heritage. We are eager to work with the Rapids family and fans and combine the efforts of individuals, families, businesses and organizations to strengthen our region,” said Rande Richardson, Community Foundation executive director.

Plans for the partnership include hosting nonperishable food drives, holiday donation programs, supporting local nonprofit organizations at Rapids games, and honoring a community leader at every home game. The Community Foundation and Rapids also plan to creatively engage local fans in the community baseball experience as the region begins to emerge from the pandemic. Through its Community Spirit Youth Giving Challenge, Youth Philanthropy Council, and LEAD Council, the Foundation is considering safe ways to partner with local baseball fans and help them experience the game.


About the Watertown Rapids

The Watertown Rapids are set to take the field for a 48-game season — 24 of which are scheduled on the home diamond at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds — in early June. The team is a proud member of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League and entering its third season this summer. For news on the Rapids Support Team Powered by the Northern New York Community Foundation, follow the Watertown Rapids at www.watertown-rapids.com and on social media. 

Contact Nicholas Czerow, General Manager, 315-591-2771, or RapidsNicholas@gmail.com, to learn more about the team and its programs.


About the Northern New York Community Foundation

Since 1929, the Northern New York Community Foundation has invested in improving and enriching the quality of life for all in communities across Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. Through partnerships with businesses and organizations, charitable foundations, and families and individual donors, the Community Foundation awards grants and scholarships from an endowment and collection of named funds that benefit the region. Its commitment to donors helps individuals achieve their charitable objectives now and for generations to come by preserving and honoring legacies of community philanthropy while inspiring others. 

The Community Foundation is a resource for local charitable organizations, donors, professional advisors, and nonprofit organizations. It also works to bring people together to discuss challenges our communities face and find creative solutions that strengthen the region and make it a great place to live, work, and play.

Contact Ken Eysaman, Community Foundation director of communications, 315-782-7110, or ken@nnycf.org, to learn more about how you can partner with the Rapids Support Team initiative.