BY JAMES HARPER
A free baseball clinic, sponsored by the KinderVision Foundation, will take place Saturday at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach from 1-4 p.m. for kids 6-15. Former Major League Baseball players will offer advice during the clinic.
The clinic will be followed at the ballpark by the Greatest Save Hall of Fame Legends Game with Roland “Rollie’’ Fingers and Ferguson “Fergie’’ Jenkins Jr. heading up two teams of former MLB players. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the game from 6 to 9 p.m.
Autographs for kids
Fingers is a retired relief pitcher. During his 18-year baseball career, he pitched for the Oakland Athletics (1968–76), San Diego Padres (1977–80) and Milwaukee Brewers (1981–85). He became only the second reliever to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.
Jenkins, also a retired pitcher, was a three-time All-Star and the 1971 National League Cy Young Award winner. In 1991, Jenkins became the first Canadian to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kids participating in the clinic will have an opportunity to get autographs from the players after the clinic. Children under 12 can attend the game free regardless of whether they attended the clinic.
Personal safety program
Nancy Sebastian, executive director of KinderVision Foundation, registration is not necessary but parents will be required to sign a waiver at registration.
“We can easily handle 300 kids. Kids are divided into groups by age and coached in hitting, fielding, base running, catching, and bunting by the former players and they take part in our safety activity at one of the stations,” she said.
The Greatest Save is a division of the KinderVision Foundation, a 22-year-old 501©(3) recognized charity of Major League Baseball. Fingers is the national spokesman.
“We are a prevention-focused personal safety program whose mission is to shut out predators by teaching kids to recognize instinctively when they are at risk and respond appropriately to avoid harm,” said Sebastian about KinderVision.
‘Stars for Kids’ banquet too
The annual fundraising event is the Greatest Save “Stars for Kids” Celebrity Experience and is always the last weekend in September.
All funds raised in this area are used here to protect children and teens from exploitation, abduction, and human trafficking.
Because Hall of Famers are playing in this game it will be logged in the archives of The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Daytona Police Chief Mike Chitwood will throw out the first pitch.
On Sunday, there is a “Stars for Kids” banquet at Hammock Beach Resort with live and silent auction items, unique baseball memorabilia, a Hall of Fame Q&A, and dinner.
In addition to Fingers and Jenkins, 20 former MLB players will be recognized at the banquet.
Monday is the “Stars for Kids” Tournament on the Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort with a ballplayer in every foursome.
For more information, visit www.TheGreatestSave.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.