07/27/2011 6:12 PM ET
Major Leaguers teach baseball to disadvantaged youth in St. Louis
Players Trust's City Clinics program visits "Cool Papa" Bell Stadium as Cardinals Boggs, Descalso, Jay, Lohse, Lynn and Punto host clinic for 250 local children
ST. LOUIS -- On Wednesday at James "Cool Papa" Bell Stadium in St. Louis, Cardinals players Mitchell Boggs, Daniel Descalso, Jon Jay, Kyle Lohse, Lance Lynn and Nick Punto helped teach the game of baseball to 250 of their youth league counterparts, when the Major League Baseball Players Trust's City Clinics program made a stop along the Mississippi.
The Players Trust's City Clinics program is a grass-roots campaign developed by -- and features the active participation of -- Major Leaguers to promote the game of baseball and life skills to underprivileged children, ages 6-16, in select cities across the United States and Latin America.
Children participating in these free clinics receive hands-on instruction from current and former big leaguers and others in areas such as baserunning, pitching, hitting, throwing and fielding. During each session, City Clinics attendees also participate in a question and answer session with the players, and receive free T-shirts, autographs and lunch.
The 250 children attending Wednesday's City Clinics program are from the Matthews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club. Joining current big leaguers as clinicians today were several former minor leaguers and college players.
In 2011, City Clinics also have been held in Minneapolis and New York's Central Park with future stops planned for Camden, N.J., Oakland, Calif., Puerto Rico and Seattle.
The City Clinics program is generously underwritten by Majestic Athletic, a division of VF Imagewear, Inc.