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1,000 LOCAL YOUTH TO ATTEND MLB’S PLAY BALL PARK AS PART OF CLEVELAND BASEBALL DAY

Posted June 27, 2019 in Press Releases

1,000 LOCAL YOUTH TO ATTEND MLB’S PLAY BALL PARK AS PART OF CLEVELAND BASEBALL DAY

Cleveland, OH — Cleveland Baseball Day, presented by the FirstEnergy Foundation and hosted by Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC), will provide 1,000 local youth with an opportunity to experience MLB’s PLAY BALL PARK at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland on Monday, July 8 at 10 a.m.

As part of GCSC’s Velocity community initiative, Cleveland Baseball Day will offer area youth free access to the exhibits and activities at MLB’s PLAY BALL PARK, a boxed lunch at Willard Park in Downtown Cleveland and an event t-shirt.

“It’s our goal to not only support Northeast Ohio’s economic impact through large sporting events, but also make them more accessible to members of our community,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “Baseball has been a passion of the Cleveland community for generations and Cleveland Baseball Day is a way for our youngest members to experience the excitement of MLB’s All-Star Week in person.”

The FirstEnergy Foundation and GCSC worked with various youth organizations throughout Northeast Ohio to attend this free event, including Cleveland and Akron area city recreation centers, Boys and Girls Clubs and summer camps that primarily provide services to underserved suburban groups.

"The FirstEnergy Foundation prides itself on supporting projects that positively impact our local communities and provide underserved youth with opportunities to learn, develop and have fun,” said Lorna Wisham, president of the FirstEnergy Foundation. "We're pleased to support Cleveland Baseball Day, which will bring baseball, kid-friendly festivities and community spirit to the Cleveland area we’re privileged to serve.”

MLB’s PLAY BALL PARK is an interactive festival celebrating baseball with exhibits, activities as well as MLB professional player and mascot appearances. For more information on the fan festival, click here.

Velocity is a community-wide initiative of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to support and maximize the community impact of hosting some of the most significant events in sports. Cleveland will host 2019 MLB All-Star Week, 2021 NFL Draft, 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend and 2024 NCAA DI Women’s Final Four. Community events provide opportunities to extend each event’s footprint in Northeast Ohio. These programs will highlight important social issues such as diversity and inclusion and provide opportunities to underserved populations.

More information about Velocity can be found at velocitycle.org.

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