It’s not every day you get pitching lessons from a major league baseball player. Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Arlington, Tex., got to do just that on June 13 – throwing side-by-side with former Texas Rangers pitcher José Guzmán.
As part of Coca-Cola’s initiative to Get the Ball Rolling this summer, the company teamed up with the Texas Rangers to bring the second annual Live Positively “Get the Ball Rolling” clinic to Arlington youth. In partnership with Powerade, the event brought together more than 50 children for a day of active, healthy living. In addition to batting, throwing and fielding drills, the youth also heard from Registered Dietician and Licensed Nutritionist Kathryn Fink about the importance of exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet.“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for many of our Arlington youth,” said Andrew Fitzpatrick, vice president of operations for the Arlington Boys & Girls Club. “Through our Triple Play program in partnership with Coca-Cola, all our youth are more physically active and have a better understanding of nutrition and the importance of staying fit. I want to thank Coca-Cola for working with the Texas Rangers to provide our kids with such a spectacular opportunity.”
Rick George, president of business operations for the Texas Rangers, kicked off the baseball-themed clinic. “Coca-Cola’s commitment to these young kids is a testament to their desire to help young people not only learn the fundamentals of the sport of baseball, but also help these kids get tips on eating right and exercise. We are very supportive of Coca-Cola in this endeavor, and we couldn’t be happier about our overall partnership with Coca-Cola,” he said.
All Boys & Girls Clubs participants and coaches received a José Guzmán autographed baseball, Powerade t-shirt and goodie bag and Coca-Cola “Open Happiness” soccer ball, along with plenty of Powerade and Powerade Zero.