MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PARTNERS WITH CTX ABILITY SPORTS FOR LEGENDS FOR YOUTH BASEBALL CLINIC SERIES IN AUSTIN, TX

Free youth baseball clinic to feature Micah Bowie, Odie Davis, Mike Smith and other MLB Alumni

Colorado Springs, Colo. – The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA), CTX Ability Sports and the League of Dreams have partnered to hold the first ever Legends for Youth Baseball Clinic specifically catered to children with disabilities. Children from Eva’s Heroes, Down Home Ranch, the just keep livin Foundation and local Austin youth will have an opportunity to play with their big league heroes on Saturday, April 19th, 2014.

CTX Ability Sports strives to provide year round sports and activities to children with disabilities, their siblings and parents, free of charge for total family inclusion. “I am looking forward to [this clinic] being a benchmark of baseball clinics for children with disabilities to grow across the nation and internationally. There is no reason why we can’t do this for any disabled child who might want to learn,” said John Lorek, Executive Director of CTX Ability Sports.

Players attending* include Micah Bowie, Odie Davis, Mike Smith, Sherman Corbett, Jeff DeWillis, Bart Evans, Doug Gwosdz, Carl Warwick and George Williams.

Other local celebrity attendees* include Derrick Lesnau, Kelly Hancock, Mark Kiester, Perri Travillion, Ric Granyrd, Chris Osborn, Jake Kellen, Shawne Stewart-Zakaria, Jerry Horton, Dave Bush, Lee Leffingwell, Brian Mercedes, David McClain, Mike Berman, Alan McGram, Marc Holm, Lauren Sarensbourg, Debbie Holland, Troy Marx and Dwight Hall.

The clinic will take place at the Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. The day will begin with a barbeque hosted by the Bridge Community Church and Kohl’s Cares employees at 10:00 a.m. followed by the clinic, running from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., located at 12138 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78753. Alumni players will train at stations including pitching, catching, base running and life skills. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. The afternoon will conclude with an autograph session for children in attendance.

At the end of the clinic, Chive Charities will announce their sponsorship of a Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation Ability Field to be built in Austin, the first field of its kind to be built in Texas.

For more information regarding the clinic, please contact Nikki Warner, Director of Communications, at (719) 477-1870, ext. 105 or visit www.baseballalumni.com.

*Attendees subject to change.

About The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA)

MLBPAA was founded in 1982 with the mission of promoting baseball, raising money for charity and protecting the dignity of the game through its Alumni players. The MLBPAA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with a membership of more than 6,400, of which approximately 5,300 are Alumni and active players. Alumni players find the MLBPAA to be a vital tool to become involved in charity and community philanthropy. Follow @MLBPAA for twitter updates.

About Legends for Youth Clinics

MLBPAA’s Legends for Youth clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball. The MLBPAA has reached children across America and internationally in Australia, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and Venezuela, through the Legends for Youth clinic series. To donate to this program, visit baseballalumni.com/donate. The official hashtag of the Legends for Youth clinic series is #LFYClinic.

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The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) was formed in 1982 in order to promote the game of baseball, raise money for charity, inspire and educate youth through positive sport images and protect the dignity of the game through former players. A nonprofit organization, the MLBPAA establishes a place where a player's drive for excellence and achievement on the field can continue long after they take their last steps off the professional diamond.

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