09/13/04 — Baseball clinic to be held Saturday

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Baseball clinic to be held Saturday

By Becky Barclay
Published in News on September 13, 2004 1:56 PM

Baseball coaches and parents will join with children Saturday to help fight child abuse and neglect in Wayne County during the third annual Take Me Out to the Ballgame clinic.

It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Eastern Carolina Athletic Park (ECAP). The rain date will be Sept. 25. Sponsoring the event are the For Children Council of Wayne County and ECAP.

The purpose of the clinic is to spread awareness about the council's activities to prevent child abuse and neglect, according to Charisse Johnson, council member.

The free clinic is for boys and girls ages 6 through 14. Instructors will guide the youths through the fundamentals of baseball. Youths may take their own bats, gloves and helmets, if they prefer. Otherwise, these items will be provided at the clinic.

Members of the Goldsboro Optimist Club will conduct their Tri-Star Sports Clinic for the children. They will be scored on how fast they run the bases, how well they hit the ball and how well they pitch. Awards will be given.

Children will receive a free T-shirt, water bottle and baseball cards.

Registration is limited to the first 100 children. To register, call the For Children Council at 734-1178, extension 238, or e-mail to jennifer@wagesnc.org.

A parent pavilion will contain several informational booths on parenting issues.

Various prizes will be given away at the clinic including two family memberships to ECAP, three youth bats, tickets to the Kinston Indians games and a baseball signed by members of the USA National Baseball Team of Durham.

An awards luncheon will follow the clinic at noon.

The speaker will be George Whitfield, director of the George Whitfield Baseball Clinic and former assistant baseball coach at East Carolina University and Goldsboro High School.