TOURISTS TO HOST YOUTH CLINIC SATURDAY, MAY 5

By Bill Ballew / Asheville Tourists | May 1, 2012 9:02 AM

TOURISTS TO HOST YOUTH CLINIC SATURDAY, MAY 5

The Asheville Tourists will host their first youth clinic of the season at McCormick Field on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. until noon. The free clinic will be conducted by the Tourists' coaching staff and players and will offer instruction on the fundamentals of baseball for kids age 5 and up.

Parents of all clinic participants must sign a waiver. Waivers are available online at www.theashevilletourists.com and will also be provided on the day of the clinic.

"Our clinics are one of the most popular events we host every year," said Tourists assistant general manager Chris Smith. "It's just one way we try to give back to the community while giving the kids an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of baseball with the players they watch on the field."

The Tourists' second clinic will be held on Saturday, May 19, which will be followed by the team's annual Meet the Tourists Luncheon at McCormick Field. Tickets to the luncheon are $5 each, with all of the proceeds supporting the Asheville Tourists Children's Fund. A non-profit organization, the Asheville Tourists Children's Fund was established in November 1999 with the mission of brightening the lives of children by meeting their specific individual needs. Through their "If the Shoe Fits" program, the ATCF's primary goal is for each child in Asheville and Buncombe County to have good, solid shoes on their feet.

The Tourists open a four-game series against the West Virginia Power, beginning with a 5:35 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday night at McCormick Field. For more information, contact the Tourists' front office at (828) 258-0428.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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