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Press Release

10/03/2009 11:56 AM ET
Major Leaguers teach baseball to disadvantaged youth

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. -- Today, the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s City Clinics program makes its fifth stop on its 10-city tour, when former Florida Marlins and World Series champs, Cliff Floyd, Lenny Harris and Charles Johnson host 300 South Florida-area youth in a free baseball skills clinic. Through their City Clinics program, Major Leaguers are teaching baseball and important life skills to 3,000 disadvantaged children from inner-cities across the United States.

The Players Trust’s City Clinics program is a grass-roots campaign underwritten and developed by – and featuring the active participation of – Major Leaguers to promote the game of baseball, life skills and education to underprivileged children, ages 6-16, in select cities across the country.

The Players Trust developed the City Clinics program in partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s Legends for Youth program. Children participating in these free City Clinics receive hands-on instruction from current and former big leaguers in areas such as base running, pitching, hitting, throwing and fielding. During each 3-hour session, City Clinics’ 300 attendees also will participate in a question and answer session with active and former players, and receive free T-shirts, autographs and refreshments.

Joining Floyd, Harris and Johnson at Pembroke Pines Optimist Field today are former players Warren Cromartie, Ricky Gutierrez, Jeffrey Hammonds, Elliot Maddox, Oddibe McDowell, Tom Shopay and Preston Wilson.

City Clinics have been held in Myrtle Beach, SC; Orange, CA; Philadelphia, PA and Phoenix, AZ. The program’s next stop is Saturday, October 10, in Atlanta, GA. Future City Clinics dates and locations will be announced as they become final.