|MLBPA/MLB News Release|
Earlier today at the Harlem RBI baseball field in New York City, New York Mets players Scott Atchison, John Buck and LaTroy Hawkins were joined by Pittsburgh Pirates players Russell Martin and Mark Melancon when they launched the 2013 City Clinics program by visiting the New York Center for Autism Charter Schools annual baseball extravaganza. Former Mets and Pirates player and current MLBPA special assistant Bobby Bonilla also joined the fun.
The Players Trust's City Clinics program is a grassroots campaign developed by -- and features the active participation of -- Major Leaguers to promote the game of baseball and life skills to underserved children, ages 6-16, in select cities across the United States.
Children participating in these free clinics receive hands-on instruction from current and former big leaguers and others in areas such as baserunning, pitching, hitting, throwing and fielding. During each session, City Clinics attendees also participate in a question and answer session with the players, and receive free T-shirts, autographs and refreshments.
The City Clinics program is generously underwritten by Majestic Athletic, a division of VF Imagewear, Inc.