Orioles encourage Sarasota-area girls to "Play Ball"

In celebration of National "PLAY BALL" Month, the Orioles will host more than 100 girls from Girls Inc. for a youth baseball clinic on Tuesday, August 11. The clinic, which is open to the media, will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. on the back fields at Ed Smith Stadium.

Participants will receive hitting, pitching, baserunning, and fielding instruction from Orioles Minor League players, including Austin Anderson, Bobby Bundy, Dylan Bundy, Juan Echevarria, Tristan Graham, Hunter Harvey, Branden Kline, and Jamil Moquete.

"The Orioles are committed to encouraging widespread participation of all forms of baseball among youth in support of Major League Baseball's new 'Play Ball' initiative," said DAVID ROVINE, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. "By giving youth, and in this case, young girls, opportunities to learn fundamental baseball skills, we are encouraging healthy, active lifestyles, confidence, teamwork, and sportsmanship while helping to grow the National Pastime."

The Girls Inc. educational experience focuses on the development of the whole girl. The organization equips girls in grades K-12 with the skills they need to successfully navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and economically independent adults, prepared employees, and strong and ethical leaders. Girls Inc. programs bolster participants' emotional, physical, and mental health and give them the support to achieve their goals boldly and confidently. For more information, visit www.girlsincsrq.org.

The Orioles' youth baseball clinics are part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub's year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. Whether hosting youth activities, participating in charitable causes or partnering in efforts to boost the local economy, the Orioles are active in the region all year long, proving that their commitment to the club's southern home goes far beyond baseball. For more information, or to sign up for the Orioles in Sarasota e-newsletter, please visit www.orioles.com/sarasota.