2011-07-20 / Sports

Verizon And Mets Team Up With Local Youngsters


A youngster reaches and makes the catch on a ball thrown by Mets Outfielder Lucas Duda. 
Photos Jason D. Antos A youngster reaches and makes the catch on a ball thrown by Mets Outfielder Lucas Duda. Photos Jason D. Antos Youngsters ages seven to 12 from regional and local community youth organizations took part in a A young girl fields a ball under the watchful eye of Mets Relief Pitcher Pedro Beato.A young girl fields a ball under the watchful eye of Mets Relief Pitcher Pedro Beato.special baseball clinic sponsored by Verizon on July 17 as part of its promotional day at Citi Field.

More than 100 kids from three Queensbased organizations including the Chinese- American Planning Council of Flushing, The Flushing YMCA and the Rego Park based Queens Community House. The young ballplayers received tips on hitting, fielding, throwing and base running from New York Mets Outfielder Lucas Duda, Bullpen Coach John Debus and Relief Pitcher Pedro Beato. 

The program is now in its third year and has been very successful, according to Verizon Media Relations Director John Bonomo.

“Verizon is committed to reaching out to the community it serves with programs like the one today,” Bonomo said. “These kinds of events show that Verizon is not only a tech company but we’re also a good neighbor.”


Wearing the uniform of the opposition, a youngster in a Yankees jersey takes hitting lesson from Mets Bullpen Coach John Debus. Wearing the uniform of the opposition, a youngster in a Yankees jersey takes hitting lesson from Mets Bullpen Coach John Debus. The youngsters and their families were invited to attend the Mets game that afternoon 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 rightfield 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.–Jason D. Antos

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