Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville that Cal Ripken, Jr. will be a special advisor for the league’s youth baseball initiatives.
The league’s youth and outreach programs strive to get kids into baseball, specifically in inner city areas.
Ripken will work with the PlayBall! initiative implemented by Manfred to get kids more involved in baseball at a young age.
Seattle Mariner Kurt Suzuki to Host Two Maui Events
Kurt Suzuki is headed home to Hawaii.
The Seattle Mariner all-star catcher will be on his home island of Maui in January to host the fifth annual youth baseball clinic that bears his name, and he’ll host his second annual "A Taste of Hawaii" fundraiser featuring several celebrity chefs.
The clinic will be held on Saturday, January 16 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Iron Maehara Stadium.
The Kurt Suzuki Family Foundation continues to team with the All Pono Organization to hold the clinics in hopes of making a difference for the youth of Hawaii.
For more information, visit www.kurtsuzukifamilyfoundation.org or www.allpono.org. The Taste of Hawaii will be held Sunday, January 17 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Wailea from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and will feature a feast from renowned chefs, with professional athlete appearances to be determined.
Proceeds from the event go towards the Kapi'olani Medical Center's Pediatric Cancer Division and National Kidney Foundation.
Top Gun Tournament a Success for South Carolina
A little league tournament on the South Carolina coast is believed to have made $815,700 for the area.
The Top Gun Winter Nationals held in Georgetown County featured 98 teams from across the southeast from Andrews to Litchfield, SC, with 1,176 players ages 8-15, their families, and fans boosting tourism in the area.
The estimate takes room rentals, shopping, and dining statistics into consideration.
Teams were from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. The county has 11 similar events booked for 2016. Out of Concord, NC, Top Gun hosts over 600 tournaments across the southeast per year.