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Shane Victorino Keeps Youth Baseball in Hawaii Flyin’

11/22/2015, 8:45pm CST
By YBNotes

The Flyin Hawaiian keeps giving back to his beloved islands.

Shane Victorino, World Series Champion, two-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award Winner, is set to host a ceremony dedicating a new Shane Victorino Foundation Batting Cage in Kalama Park in his native Maui.

Victorino said his long-term goal is to improve youth baseball facilities throughout the islands with other projects on the horizon. 

The entire cost of the project is nearly $100,000 with the foundation donating most of the funds. 

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Texas Rangers, Clayton Kershaw Give Back

Major League Baseball is making sure kids in inner cities get their chance to swing for the fences. 

Along with Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, the Texas Rangers and MLB recently announced a plan to build the league’s eighth Urban Youth Academy, this time in Dallas, Texas. 

The Texas Rangers Urban Youth Academy was announced by the group including Kershaw, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Rangers pitcher Derek Holland, and others.

It will include four fields with an indoor facility, batting cages, classrooms, and a gym. 

Kershaw, who is from the area, donated personally to the academy, which will begin construction in 2016.

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Eielson Air Force Base Puts Focus on Baseball

Folks at an Alaskan Air Force base are serious about baseball. 

Through the Air Force Community Partnership Initiative, members of the 354th Force Support Squadron at the Eielson Air Force Base and others in the greater Fairbanks, Alaska community are helping to provide year-round access to baseball facilities. 

Military youth have been given access to a reduced-cost league, and the base has invited area youth to take part in 10 clinics at Baker Field House on the base. 

The goals of the program are to keep kids busy with baseball during the winter while also getting more families and children interested in the sport. 

Some Airmen will get involved in coaching, as well. 

For more information, contact Ted Lowery at 377-3194.

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