Minnesota Twins to offer youth clinic in Sauk Centre July 19

The Minnesota Twins offer free baseball and softball clinics to youths in Sauk Centre on Friday, July 19, at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Jaycee Park. In case of inclement weather the clinic will be at Sauk Centre Civic Arena.

The Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics program provides boys and girls from throughout the Upper Midwest with the opportunity to enhance their baseball and softball skills, while also hearing positive messages about staying in school and away from drugs and alcohol. Play ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics are funded and administered by the Twins Community Fund.

Clinics are open to boys and girls ages 6 to 16 and are divided into two 60-minute sessions; the first session is for 6- to 9-year-olds and the second for 10- to 16-year-olds. Clinics focus on hitting, fielding and throwing. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children.

Children ages 6 to 9 years should report at 1 p.m.; children ages 10 to 16 should arrive at 2:30 p.m.

Created in 1961 by longtime Twins scout Angelo Giuliani, the clinic program serves as a way for the ball club to promote the games of baseball and softball to boys and girls throughout the region. Since the program’s inception, more than 800,000 youths have taken part in Twins clinics in the Upper Midwest and Southwest Florida.

Play Ball! Minnesota is a collaboration among the Minnesota Twins Community Fund and Minnesota youth baseball and softball organizations. Play Ball! Minnesota’s focus is to increase participation, communication and volunteerism; and improve fields, instruction and sportsmanship. For more information about Play Ball! Minnesota, visit www.playballmn.com.

For more information and the complete 2013 Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics schedule, please visit www.twinsbaseball/community or call 1-800-33-TWINS.

Established as a nonprofit organization in 1991, the mission of the Twins Community Fund is to enrich local and regional communities by providing resources for the healthy development of children and families through an association with baseball and the Minnesota Twins. The Twins Community Fund is governed by a board of directors, representative of the Upper Midwest.