Thursday, December 20, 2007

Twins host Free Youth Clinics in Southwest Florida

The Minnesota Twins Community Fund will host nine free Minnesota Twins Youth Clinics from Jan. 12 through Feb. 16, 2008, in Southwest Florida. The Minnesota Twins Youth Clinics, presented by the Lee County Parks and Recreation and the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, give youth from throughout Southwest Florida the opportunity to learn the games of baseball and softball.

The two-hour clinics require no registration and are open to boys and girls ages 5 to 16. Twins clinicians will teach hitting, fielding, and throwing at each clinic. Parents are encouraged to participate with their sons or daughters in the sessions.

The Minnesota Twins have held Spring Training at the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers since 1991. In addition, the Fort Myers Miracle, a Twins Class A affiliate, plays at the Lee County Complex.

The Minnesota Twins Community Fund is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich local and regional communities by providing resources for the healthy development of children and families through an association with baseball, softball and the Minnesota Twins. The Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Twins Community Fund annually distribute more than $3.6 million in community support.

The Youth Clinic Program was created in 1961 by longtime Twins scout Angelo Giuliani. Since that time, more than 850,000 youth have participated in a Minnesota Twins Youth Clinic.

Minnesota Twins 2008 Southwest Florida Youth Clinics Schedule
(Subject to change)

Jan. 1210 a.m. to 12 p.m.Minnesota Twins/Lee County Sports Complex
14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33912
Jack Nelson -- 239-292-5240
Jan. 1910 a.m. to 12 p.m.Buckingham Little League
9800 Buckingham Road
Fort Myers, FL 33905
Pat Shannahan - 239-936-8561
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Lehigh Little League
1400 West 5th Street
Lehigh Acres, FL 33972
Darrel Willis - 239-823-6126
Jan. 2610 a.m. to 12 p.m.Cape Coral Little League / Pelican Complex
4128 Pelican Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33914
Art Avellino - 239-772-423
Feb. 210 a.m. to 12 p.mDeSoto Little League
Speer Recreation Center
185 West Winifred Street
Arcadia, FL 34266
Tara and Matt Anderson - 863-990-0529
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Charlotte County Little League
Harold Ave Recreation Center
Port Charlotte, FL 23400
Lou Augsto - 941-629-6552 or 941-629-0114
Feb. 910 a.m. to 12 p.m.San Carlos Little League 18215 Three Oaks Parkway
Three Oaks Park
Fort Myers, FL 33912
Todd Backster - 239-989-5868
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Immokalee Little League
Tony Rosdough Little League Field
Immokalee, FL 34142
Jack Nelson - 239-292-5240
Feb. 1610 a.m. to 12 p.m.South Fort Myers Little League/Rutenberg Complex
6500 S. Pointe Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 34142
Jack Nelson - 239-292-5240

All questions, concerns or information regarding the clinics should be directed to the Twins Community Fund staff:

Stephanie Johnson
Twins Community Fund
34 Kirby Puckett Place
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Direct: 612-375-7523
Fax: 612-475-7480

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