We’ll finish off this unscheduled off day with information about Dave Robertson and Matt Thornton being generally good guys. They’re going to join a few players from the Rays — in town for this weekend’s series — to launch the 2014 Players Trust City Clinics program at the N.Y. Center for Autism Charter School in Harlem. Well done to all the guys involved. Here are the details from the MLBPA:
WHO: New York Yankees David Robertson and Matt Thornton to be joined by visiting Tampa Bay Rays players Desmond Jennings, James Loney and Sean Rodriguez; children from the N.Y. Center for Autism Charter School.
WHAT: The Players Trust’s City Clinics program is a grass-roots campaign developed by – and featuring the active participation of – current Major Leaguers to promote the game of baseball to under-served children, ages 6-16, in select cities across the country. In addition to Harlem, 2014 City Clinics will also be held in Boston, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, Minnesota and San Diego.
Children participating in these free clinics receive hands-on instruction from current and former pros in areas such as base running, pitching, hitting, throwing and fielding. During each session, City Clinics’ attendees also participate in a question and answer session with active Major Leaguers, and receive free t-shirts and autographs.
The Players Trust is a charitable foundation created by the players to help those in need. Through the Players Trust, active Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important issues affecting those in need and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities. For additional information about the Players Trust, please visit www.PlayersTrust.org. Also, visit the Players Trust channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/MLBPlayersTrust. Follow the Players Trust on Twitter: @MLBPlayersTrust
The New York Center for Autism Charter School is dedicated to providing the highest quality education to students profoundly affected by autism who live across the five boroughs of New York City. The school’s baseball program is one of several enrichment programs offered to students. This event, the culmination of a year’s worth of practice, gives each family the opportunity to experience the joy of watching their child play baseball – a rarity for parents of children with autism.
The City Clinics program is underwritten by Majestic Athletic, a division of VF Imagewear, Inc..
WHEN: Friday, May 2, 2014
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM ET (Current players scheduled to arrive 11:45 AM)
(Please Note: The event is not open to the general public.)
WHERE: Harlem R.B.I. Baseball Field
Associated Press photo