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DETROIT TIGERS TO HOST ‘PLAY BALL’ EVENT IN FLINT

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MLB AND DETROIT TIGERS TO HOST ‘PLAY BALL’ EVENT
IN FLINT, MICHIGAN TO SUPPORT NEW “JACKSON PARK RBI” PROGRAM

Activities for Kids Will Highlight the Variety of Ways Baseball & Softball Can Be Played


WHAT
:          Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers will host a ‘PLAY BALL’ event to support and promote the creation of a new Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program in Flint, Michigan.  Jackson Park RBI will serve as a low-cost baseball and softball league for young people throughout the city of Flint.  In addition to playing opportunities, RBI programs also emphasize character development and academic success.  Kids participating in the ‘PLAY BALL’ event can have their parents or guardians register them on-site for the new Jackson Park RBI program.

The event will feature bat and ball activities that highlight the variety of fun, informal ways baseball and softball can be played. The activities will include: home run derby, running bases, bat & ball games and more. In addition, each participant will receive a bat & ball set to take home along with ‘PLAY BALL’ T-shirts and wristbands.  Nathan’s Famous, a proud sponsor of ‘PLAY BALL,’ will provide hot dogs for participants.

Registration for the event is free and open to the general public at http://bit.ly/PLAYBALL-Flint. 

WHO:              City of Flint Officials
Tony Reagins – Senior Vice President, Youth Programs, Major League Baseball

Sam Abrams – Manager, Player Relations & Youth Sports Programs, Detroit Tigers


WHERE:          Hardenbrook Park, 310 E. Jackson Ave, Flint, MI 48505

WHEN:            Saturday, April 22nd, 1:00-3:00 p.m.   (On-site registration starts at 11:45 a.m.)

About PLAY BALL

The PLAY BALL initiative is MLB’s collective effort to encourage young people and communities to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities, including formal leagues, events and casual forms of play.  PLAY BALL events have become MLB’s signature youth engagement activity during the professional and amateur baseball and softball calendar, including key dates throughout the MLB offseason and into the World Series. PlayBall.org is the PLAY BALL initiative’s online home and is accessible via MLB.com, USABaseball.com, USASoftball.com and other partner websites.  PlayBall.org features youth-oriented content, including baseball trivia and quizzes, and video highlights from MLB games, social media content, photos and a “PlayBall Near You” interactive map that locates local community leagues.  The site also features access to video podcasts and highlights from MLB Network’s youth-focused show “Play Ball,” which features interviews and on-field demonstrations with top players throughout the League.  PlayBall.org also links to USABaseball.com, which provides players, parents and coaches with the information and resources to help with proper play and instruction, including education videos featuring Hall of Famer and MLB Network analyst John Smoltz, Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon, and Kansas City Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dayton Moore, among others. Health and safety information, including through the Pitch Smart program, also is available. PLAY BALL is generously supported by Chevrolet, Scotts and Nathan’s.

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