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Press Release

07/28/2009 1:04 PM ET
Angels players teach baseball to inner-city youth
Players Trust’s newly-created City Clinics program visits Orange, Calif.

ORANGE, Calif. -- Today, the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s City Clinics program makes its third stop on its 10-city tour, when Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim players Brian Fuentes, Torii Hunter, Howie Kendrick and Gary Matthews, Jr., host 300 area youth in a free baseball skills clinic. Through their City Clinics program, Major Leaguers are teaching baseball and important life skills to 3,000 disadvantaged children from inner-cities across the United States.

The Players Trust’s City Clinics program is a grass-roots campaign underwritten and developed by –- and featuring the active participation of –- current Major Leaguers to promote the game of baseball, life skills and education to underprivileged children, ages 6-16, in select cities across the country.

The Players Trust developed the City Clinics program in partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s Legends for Youth program. Children participating in these free City Clinics receive hands-on instruction from current and former big leaguers in areas such as base running, pitching, hitting, throwing and fielding. During each 3-hour session, City Clinics’ 300 attendees also will participate in a question and answer session with active and former players, and receive free T-shirts, autographs and refreshments.

Joining Fuentes, Hunter, Kendrick and Matthews at Hart Park, in Orange, CA are former players Ray Krawczyk, Tom Murphy, Blue Moon Odom and others.

City Clinics have been held in Phoenix, AZ and Philadelphia, PA and future City Clinics dates and locations will be announced as they become final.