2010-08-18 / Features

Verizon Hosts Youth Baseball

BY JASON D. ANTOS

New York Mets infielder Mike Hessman catches a toss thrown by a young hurler from the Chinese-American Planning Council of Flushing at Verizon’s Baseball Clinic program held at Citi Field on August 15. Photos Jason D. Antos New York Mets infielder Mike Hessman catches a toss thrown by a young hurler from the Chinese-American Planning Council of Flushing at Verizon’s Baseball Clinic program held at Citi Field on August 15. Photos Jason D. Antos Youngsters aged seven to 12 from regional and local community youth organizations took part in a special baseball clinic sponsored by Verizon as part of its promotional day at Citi Field in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

More than 100 kids, 60 of whom were from three Queens-based organizations including the Chinese- American Planning Council of Flushing and the Corona-based La Asociación Benéfica Cultural Father Billini and the Dominico-American Society of Queens, attended the August 15 program. The young ballplayers received tips on hitting, fielding, throwing and base running from New York Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell, infielder Mike Hessman and third base coach Razor Shines.

“Our kids are really looking forward to this wonderful lifetime experience with some of their favorite Mets players,” Dominico-American Society of Queens Executive Director Jose Tejada said.

Third base coach Razor Shines is impressed by the slugging skills of eight-year-old Vance Genaroso from the Westchester Courtlands. Third base coach Razor Shines is impressed by the slugging skills of eight-year-old Vance Genaroso from the Westchester Courtlands. The program is now in its second year and has been very successful, according to Verizon Media Relations Spokesperson John Bonomo

“Verizon is committed to reaching out to the community it serves with programs like the one today,” Bonomo said. “It really makes a difference in the lives of these kids and we plan on continuing with this program in the years to come.”

Last year 30 kids from the South Queens Boys and Girls Club in Richmond Hill and the Corona-based Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities group participated. Some kids and their family members came from Westchester County to participate in the event as well.

New York Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell listened to and answered questions on pitching technique from local youths. New York Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell listened to and answered questions on pitching technique from local youths. Shines said he was very impressed with the hitting ability of many of the youngsters.

“These kids are ready,” Shines said. “It’s great that they all have a chance to come and spend a day at the ballpark.”

The youngsters and their families were invited to attend the Mets game that evening against the Philadelphia Phillies.

At every Mets game at Citi Field, fans can visit the Verizon Studio, located on the field concourse level adjacent to the right-field bridge, where they can experience the superior picture quality of Verizon’s FiOS TV and the speed of FiOS Internet, the only television and Internet services delivered over an all-fiberoptic network straight to customers’ homes. Also at the studio, fans can watch the game on a super-sized 108-inch HD TV and get exclusive ringtones, wallpaper and game highlights delivered directly to their Verizon Wireless phone. The New York-based Verizon Communications operates America’s most reliable wireless network, serving more than 92 million customers nationwide.

For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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