CHICAGO — Before their game against the Rockies on Tuesday, Dexter Fowler, Justin Grimm and Addison Russell spent part of the day hosting a Players Trust baseball clinic for kids from the Union League Boys & Girls Club.
The event was part of the Players Trust’s City Clinics program, a grass-roots campaign developed by – and featuring — current Major Leaguers to promote baseball to under-served kids. Held at Lawrence Fields this was the fourth of seven City Clinics scheduled this year for under-served kids from six to 16.
“It was wonderful seeing all the kids interact and follow along and having fun is a beautiful thing!” said Russell, the Cubs’ rookie shortstop. “I had a blast with all the children I came across today.
“It truly was a blessing to be part of the event, and hopefully it will make an impact and drive the kids to be the best people they can be.”
Children participating in these free clinics receive hands-on instruction from current and former pros in areas such as base running, pitching, hitting, throwing and fielding. The youth also participate in a question and answer session with their local Big League heroes, and they receive lunch and an autographed card.
The next City Clinic is scheduled for November 7, in Arizona for children and families of military personnel and veterans.