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Press Release

07/07/2010 11:04 AM ET
Major Leaguers help teach baseball to underprivileged children
250 Philadelphia-area youth to join Francisco, Howard, Ibanez, Rollins, Schneider and Victorino at Players Trust’s City Clinics program Friday, July 9, at Richie Ashburn Field

Who: Philadelphia Phillies players Ben Francisco, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Brian Schneider and Shane Victorino; former big leaguers such as Bobby Bonilla, Dickie Noles, Will Royster, Milt Thompson and others.

What: The Players Trust’s City Clinics program is a grassroots campaign developed by and featuring the active participation of current Major Leaguers to promote the game of baseball to underprivileged children, ages 6-16, in select cities across the country.

When: Friday, July 9, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Phillies players scheduled to arrive 11:45 a.m.

Where: Richie Ashburn Field at FDR Park, Pattison Ave. and So. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA

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 three-hour session, City Clinics’ attendees also participate in a question and answer session with active and former players, and receive free T-shirts, autographs and refreshments.

The Major League Baseball Players Trust is a charitable foundation created by the players to help those in need. Through the Players Trust, active Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important issues affecting those in need and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities.

The City Clinics program is underwritten by Majestic Athletic, a division of VF Imagewear, Inc..

For additional information about the Players Trust, please visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com. Also, visit the Players Trust channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/MLBPlayersTrust

About the MLBPAA and its Legends for Youth Program
Celebrating its 28th year in existence, the Alumni Association is a nonprofit organization that was formed to promote the game of baseball, raise money for charity, inspire and educate youth through positive sport images.

Media contacts:
Greg Bouris, MLBPA, (212) 826-0808 or gbouris@mlbpa.org

On site:
Melissa Persaud, MLBPA, (917) 445-6014
Hillary Falk, MLBPA, (917) 301-1052
Stacey Hellman, MLBPAA, (785) 760-0189