MLB Plays Ball In Compton
COMPTON, CA - At the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, CA, big leaguers Jamey Carroll, Andre Ethier, Clayton Kershaw and James Loney of the Los Angeles Dodgers helped teach the game of baseball to 250 of their youth league counterparts, when the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s City Clinics program stopped in Southern California.
The Players Trust’s City Clinics program is a grass-roots campaign developed by – and features the active participation of – Major Leaguers to promote the game of baseball and life skills to underprivileged children, ages 6-16, in select cities across the United States and Latin America.
The Players Trust enjoys the support of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s Legends for Youth program in hosting its City Clinics. Children participating in these free clinics receive hands-on instruction from current and former big leaguers in areas such as base-running, pitching, hitting, throwing and fielding. During each event, City Clinics attendees also participate in a question and answer session with active and former players, and receive free T-shirts, autographs and refreshments.
Joining current big leaguers today were several former Major Leaguers, including Chris Donnels, Greg Harris, Jay Johnstone, Tim Leary, Blue Moon Odom and Steve Rogers. The youth participating are from area youth leagues and the Urban Youth Academy.
City Clinics have previously been held in Dallas, TX; Gary, IN; Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO; Miami, FL; Milwaukee, WI; Myrtle Beach, SC; New York’s Central Park; San Juan, P.R.; Orange, CA; and Phoenix, AZ.
About the Major League Baseball Players Trust
The members of the Major League Baseball Players Association created the Players Trust, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, to provide resources of caring to those in need by volunteering in causes close to their hearts and encouraging others to do the same. The foundation became the first of its kind in professional sports established and administered by the players.
About the MLBPAA and its Legends for Youth Program
Celebrating its 28th year in existence, the Alumni Association is a non-profit organization that was formed to promote the game of baseball, raise money for charity, inspire and educate youth through positive sport images. Each year, the MLBPAA Legends for Youth Program gives thousands of children across the country a chance to learn baseball fundamentals and life skills from former Major League Legends.