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Local youth are invited to perfect their baseball technique at “Training with a Pro – The Baseball Edition”

Local youth are invited to perfect their baseball technique at “Training with a Pro – The Baseball Edition” on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 10:30 am to 3 pm, at George Burke Park Ball Diamonds. The clinic is a fundraising initiative in support PRO Kids.

Local youth are invited to perfect their baseball technique at “Training with a Pro – The Baseball Edition” on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 10:30 am to 3 pm, at George Burke Park Ball Diamonds.

“We are excited to be able to offer youth the opportunity to train alongside former local pro’s,” said Laura Daniele, PRO Kids Coordinator. “Thunder Bay’s former baseball pros Chris Toneguzzi, of the Milwaukee Brewers Organization; Bob Jesperson, of the Cincinnati Reds Organization; Dan Grant, of the Northern Iowa Panthers; and Jason Hart, of the Chicago Cubs Organization will spend a full day providing training. There will be hitting and pitching drills, positioning pointers and of course a game of baseball. This is a great opportunity for youth to benefit from the experience of former professional athletes.”

The baseball clinic is the most recent addition to the Training with a Pro series which has previously included hockey and football. The clinic is a fundraising initiative in support PRO Kids – a service that assists children and youth to participate in local activities when the fees are out of reach for their families. Last year PRO Kids placed over 1,400 children and youth in local community recreational activities including sport, leadership, art, culture and music.

The clinic is offered to participants’ ages 8 – 16 years. Registration is now available at a cost of $50 per participant and will include a lunch provided by Subway. In case of rain, a rain date will be scheduled. Additional clinic information is available through the Fall Key available in early August. To register, call 625-8463.

PRO Kids would like to recognize and thank presenting sponsor Tbaytel.

P.R.O. Kids is a registered charity dedicated to making recreation opportunities accessible for Thunder Bay children and youth who are unable to participate in programs due to lack of funds.

The P.R.O. Kids concept was developed as a result of extensive consultation with social agencies, recreation providers, youth and other stakeholders in Thunder Bay. P.R.O. Kids has been in operation since 1998. The City’s Recreation & Culture Division is responsible for delivery of P.R.O. Kids to the community.

According to the 2006 Canada Census an estimated 17.8% of the population of Thunder Bay lives in poverty; 4,448 of those are children under the age of 18. Financial barriers have been identified as one of the main obstacles preventing children and youth from participating in activities.

Recreation can make a difference by giving children and youth the opportunity for developing leadership and teamwork skills, learning healthy lifestyle choices, enhancing self-esteem, experiencing positive role models, and learning to play by the rules. Kids who are active in recreation programs form positive peer connections, making it less likely to fall into negative behaviours.

Vision:

That all children and youth in Thunder Bay are able to participate in recreation activities which boost their self-esteem and promote their healthy growth through the learning of new skills, increased knowledge and personal development.

PURPOSE:

To provide program and financial assistance to as many children and youth as possible who, due to lack of funds, are not able to participate in registered recreation activities.

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