by Cole Pepper
Jacksonville is hosting the Southern League All-Star Game on July 17 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville (Bragan Field). Among the festivities planned for that week, a youth baseball clinic (for kids 6-16) with former major leaguers, including Episcopal head coach Mike Jones (Royals) and Rick Wilkins (11 years, 8 teams).
The clinic will take place at the Baseball Grounds Monday, July 15, 2013, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. It’s part of the “Legends for Youth” program. Legends for Youth is a charitable program running more than 85 free events each year nationwide. Its mission is to promote the game of baseball to America’s youth using positive sports images and personalities.
Registration for the clinic is free, but there are a limited number of spaces. As of Wednesday afternoon, around 100 spots remained. Registration is available online here: https://secure.mlb.com/mlbpaa/events/legends_form.jsp
The hope is to partner with the MLB Alumni in the future and bring more and larger events with big name stars to Jacksonville. There are a number of former big league players living in northeast Florida, and if the city make it a priority, there could be more events featuring former big leaguers to come.