NEW YORK -- On Wednesday in New York's Central Park, Mets players Chris Capuano, Nick Evans, Jon Niese, Bobby Parnell and Ronny Paulino helped teach the game of baseball to 250 of their youth league counterparts, when the Major League Baseball Players Trust's City Clinics program made a stop in the Big Apple.

The Players Trust's City Clinics program is a grass-roots campaign developed by -- and features the active participation of -- Major Leaguers to promote the game of baseball and life skills to underprivileged children, ages 6-16, in select cities across the United States and Latin America.

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 250 children attending Wedneday's City Clinics program are from the boroughs of New York, and they are participating through the support and cooperation of the New York City Parks & Recreation Department. Joining current big leaguers as clinicians were several former Minor Leaguers and college players.

In 2011, City Clinics also have been held in Minneapolis and will make future stops in Camden, N.J., Oakland, Calif., Puerto Rico, St. Louis, Seattle, and the South Lawn of the White House.

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