Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Take Me out to the Pitch, Hit & Run

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Take Me out to the Pitch, Hit & Run

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MLB's annual sporting competition engages hundreds of kids in our national pastime while connecting them with community parks and recreation

Each spring, NRPA encourages departments to host a free Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) Presented by Scotts Local Competition. MLB PHR provides boys and girls the opportunity to compete and advance separately through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at each Major League ballpark and the National Finals hosted during MLB All-Star Week.

Hosting this one-day event is free, easy, and an exciting and educational program for kids of all skill levels. From the all-star players in your town to those just learning the sport, PHR brings families together as a community to enjoy our country's national pastime. For some lucky youngsters, your local event is just the starting point to an experience of a lifetime. Last summer, eight of the 24 PHR national finalists began their journey by participating in local competitions hosted by their community park and recreation department. The cities of Mesquite, Texas, and Suffolk, Virginia, are two of the many recreation departments that have advanced players to the National Finals and MLB All-Star festivities.

Fourteen-year-old Amy Jensen of Parker, Texas, is no stranger to community recreation departments. In 2014, Jensen's journey started when she competed at Mesquite Parks and Recreation's local competition and concluded at the National Finals at Target Field in Minneapolis. Not only did she advance with the help of recreation department staff, she also grew up on these fields. …

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