FORT MYERS, Fla. (September 1, 2016) - The Fort Myers Miracle and Keep on Playing are teaming up for the fourth and final baseball clinic with the Fort Myers Boy's and Girl's Club for 2016 on Saturday, September 3 at 10 a.m. at Shady Oaks.
The Miracle, Keep On Playing and the Boy's and Girl's Club have held three previous baseball clinics with excellent turnout. The Miracle and Keep On Playing have donated baseball equipment to the Boy's and Girl's Club and players have delivered one-on-one personal instruction to the local youth throughout the course of the summer. At each clinic, current members of the Miracle roster have worked with kids to help develop a passion for the game of baseball. 2016 Florida State League All-Star and team home run leader Trey Vavra has been at every session.
Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson has proclaimed September 3 as MiLB Keep On Playing Day.
"It's extraordinary to watch the kids pick up a baseball and glove and they don't stop smiling and laughing," said Marnie Schneider, Founder of Keep On Playing. "The special gift of choosing what to plays is what Keep On Playing and our amazing teammates give the children. By bringing the wonderful game of baseball to the kids, we give them more options and teach them about our national pastime!"
Keep On Playing and the Miracle support the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, or RBI program, at the Boy's and Girl's Clubs located in Fort Myers. In addition to baseball skills, clubs ensure participants receive educational components to help foster academic achievement while attending the clinics.
The Keep On Playing mission is to enrich the lives of youth through play. When kids keep on playing, their experiences are enhanced exponentially. Keep On Playing strives to build confidence, increase motivation and enhance self-esteem by jump-starting participation in sports. The Keep On Playing core values are: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Perseverance, Excellence, Sportsmanship and Academic Achievement.
"I think the most important thing for people to know about Keep On Playing is its ability to change lives," said Donja Massop, Director of Operations for the Boy's and Girl's Clubs of Lee County. "It's not just about baseball. It's more about opportunities and providing kids with new experiences."
"We are thrilled to be able to work with Keep On Playing to bring a positive message about teamwork and being involved in sports to the kids at the Boy's and Girl's Club in Lee County," said Miracle Chief Operating Officer Steve Gliner. "Being a part of these baseball clinics has been a great experience for our players and staff."
The Miracle, Keep On Playing and the Boy's and Girl's Club have already scheduled clinics for the summer of 2017. For more information on the final Keep On Playing clinic in Fort Myers, contact the Miracle offices at (239) 768-4210.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.