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Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young's 2012 President's Cup "Growing the Game" initiative kicked off Saturday with ball-field renovations at Forest Park.

Young used the event at to unveil the initiative, a campaign designed to give young people the chance to play on safe, well-maintained baseball fields, Young's office said.

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Athletes from local public and private high schools paired up with the Orioles' ground crew and Brickman Sports Turf to improve three public fields, according to Young's office.

The campaign has raised more than $166,000, including $83,000 from Orioles owner Peter Angelos. The money will be used to renovate and maintain city ball fields.

The second annual President's Cup baseball tournament is intended to unite the city's public and private school students, Young's office said. The tournament runs from March 31 to April 21.

For more information, visit http://www.baltimorepresidentscup.com.

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