LAKELAND MAYOR HOWARD WIGGS AND THE LAKELAND FLYING TIGERS TEAM UP
TO HOST FREE YOUTH CLINIC ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 8
Event Supports Major League Baseball’s “Play Ball” Initiative
– The Lakeland Flying Tigers have teamed up with Lakeland Mayor Howard Wiggs and the City of Lakeland to host local youth during a free baseball clinic as part of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) support of Major League Baseball’s “Play Ball” initiative, which focuses on the fun nature of baseball and encourages widespread participation in related activities. During the month of August 2015, or “Play Ball Month,” mayors are implementing the initiative throughout cities with the goal of strengthening the connection between communities and the National Pastime.
The free clinic will take place at Joker Marchant Stadium on Saturday, August 8 from
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and is open to kids ages 5-12. Kids will learn fundamentals from Flying Tigers players and participate in skills challenges on the field. Lunch will be provided following the clinic compliments of the Detroit Tigers Foundation of Florida.
Mayors across the country are hosting similar activities to engage citizens, families, and city departments to organize individual and community events (such as playing catch, running bases in the backyard, family gatherings, park and recreation activities, business-supported activities, etc.). These activities will be focused on strengthening bonds between families and communities with baseball through baseball-related activities.
“The National Play Ball program has enormous value for our community and represents some of the best things in our country: Our national past-time–baseball, cooperation between many groups to serve citizens, and a focus on healthy family fun,” Mayor Wiggs said. “I believe that this will be the first of many years for a great community event. My thanks to Ron Myers and The Tigers, and to Bob Donahay and his team.”
This component of the Play Ball initiative focuses on recruiting a minimum of one city in as many of the 50 states as possible to promote and support “Play Ball Month” through baseball related activities. Primary targets are cities with Major League and Minor League Baseball clubs, although the initiative toolkit and self-reporting strategy will be electronically distributed to hundreds of cities across the country, with the assistance of Major League Baseball. Local leaders and citizens will report their activities to PlayBall.org via usmayors.org. PlayBall. org serves as the initiative’s online home and is accessible via MLB.com, USABaseball.com and other partner websites. Coaching tips and video demonstrations will be a prominent component of the site. PlayBall.org also provides parents, coaches and kids with information on how to get involved with Play Ball activities, links to youth-related news and events, and searchable maps with links on how to join community baseball leagues. Health and safety information, including the Pitch Smart initiative, also will be available.
The Flying Tigers are a Class A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. For more information please visit the Flying Tigers online atwww.LakelandFlyingTigers.com
or call 863-686-8075.