During spring training, Major League Baseball teams from across the transplanted to their spring training locations, putting on exhibition games and trying out young prospects ahead of opening day and the official start of the season. The Baltimore Orioles spend their spring training in Sarasota, Fla., and recently they hosted a number of Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast for a baseball clinic!
On Saturday, March 22, several Bigs and Littles from the agency had the opportunity to learn some baseball fundamentals from a number of players and coaches at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Several minor league players, along with minor league Manager Matt Merullo and the Orioles’ pitcher Dylan Bundy enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the community.
“Orioles players, coaches and staff are thrilled each year to host a series of youth clinics at Ed Smith Stadium,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “We are planning two more clinics for 2014 with selected youth organizations. It’s another way the Orioles give back to the community and seek to influence young people through providing positive role models. In that way, our goals align perfectly with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.”
The Baltimore Orioles organization has helped support a number of different events and experiences for Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, including the Youth Baseball Clinic.
“In our Sports Buddies program, mentors and children meet twice a month to participate in or attend a sporting event,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast’s CEO and President Joy Mahler. “What a great experience for the children to receive instruction from professional baseball players while helping them develop and learn new skills.”
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Here's a Press Release and a number of pictures from the event!