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July 16, 2013 > Take the field at AT&T Park

Take the field at AT&T Park

Submitted By Masha Rumer

Coaching Corps, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing coaches and team sports to kids in low-income communities, invites Bay Area residents and families to Take the Field alongside legendary coaches and athletes at AT&T Park on August 17.

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will pack AT&T Park with activities for sports lovers of all ages, hosted by Coaching Corps coaches. Activities include: The Sports Zone, with base-running and other sports games; The MVP Corner, providing attendees the chance to meet legendary coaches and athletes like Tony La Russa, Rickey Henderson, Dave Stewart, Dave Henderson and more; and The Major League Access Pass, including ballpark tours and the chance to take photos in the dugout and with the Giants' World Series trophy. Additionally, visitors can watch Splash Hits Derby participants attempt to hit a ball out into the iconic McCovey Cove.

"Every child deserves a champion and the chance to grow up with everything they need to build healthy and productive futures, but kids in low-income communities often don't have those privileges," said Janet Carter, executive director of Coaching Corps. "At Coaching Corps, we work with afterschool programs to provide well-trained coaches and team sports to kids who otherwise might not have access to all of the life-changing benefits that sports and caring role models provide."

One-third of Bay Area youth live in poverty, putting 160,000 local children and adolescents at risk of low access tosports, fitness and youth mentoring services. Coaching Corps provides kids with a trained volunteer coach who is committed to improving their health, building their self-confidence and encouraging them to succeed on and off the field.

"We've seen our volunteer coaches and programs literally change the game for kids and, through our Take the Field event, we're encouraging the Bay Area community to join us in continuing to make an impact," continued Carter.

Coaching Corps has over 2,500 volunteer coaches who have helped more than 20,000 kids in low-income communities. The goal is to recruit 25,000 coaches within five years, changing the lives of 300,000 kids nationwide.

For additional information or to register in advance, visit www.coachingcorps.org/takethefield.

Aspiring sluggers can enter the competition for one of five slots in the Splash Hits Derby by visiting the Coaching Corps Facebook Page. By rallying their Facebook community to vote for them, the top five entrants with the most votes will receive five at-bats for a chance to hit a ball from the outfield into McCovey Cove. Enter the competition starting Wednesday, July 10 by visiting http://www.facebook.com/CoachingCorps.

For more information About Coaching Corps, visit www.coachingcorps.org.

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