MLB all star player to host sports clinic in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – A three time Major League Baseball All Star player will host a fitness sports clinic in Cape Girardeau.

Curtis Granderson will host the clinic in Cape Girardeau at Capaha Field on May 21. It is for school-aged youth from 7 to 17 years of age with priority given to those who live in South Cape.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our community,” said Tameka Randle, Executive Director of People Organized to Revitalize Community Healing (PORCH). “To have someone of Curtis Granderson’s stature take an interest in our youth is amazing.”

Curtis Granderson was a three time All Star (2009, 2011, and 2012). He was awarded the Silver Slugger Award in 2011 – which is given to the best offensive player at each position in each league. Granderson is one of only four Major League Baseball players to ever hit 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 homeruns, and steal 20 bases in a single season. For his career, Curtis Granderson hit 344 homeruns and 937 RBI’s while playing for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, and Toronto Blue Jays.

Curtis Granderson was awarded the Roberto Clemente Award in 2016 – which is awarded annually to the player who represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

Granderson currently serves as the President of The Players Alliance, a non-profit comprised of 150 Black MLB Players united to create increased opportunities for the Black community in the game of professional baseball. He is the founder of the Grand Kids Foundation which gives back to the most economically challenged neighborhoods in America’s communities. He hosts baseball camps and speaks to and mentors youth.

Those interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact Tameka Randle at 573-275-4442 or visit capeporch.org.

Those interested in volunteering in the Fitness Sports Clinic can email capeporch@gmail.com.

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