February 8, 2011

Baseball Holds Clinic With Cannonball Foundation

WORCESTER, Mass.­ - Holy Cross baseball head coach Greg DiCenzo, with his coaching staff and players, took time off from practice to spend an afternoon working with the Cannonball Foundation's first-ever Leaders in the Lineup event. The foundation, co-founded by Holy Cross graduate and former baseball player, Mike Schell `05, is an organization with a mission to increase participation in the playing of baseball among youth in low-income urban communities. Its specially designed programs, like Leaders in the Lineup, provide baseball and leadership skill-building opportunities for players, parents and coaches that encourage them to sustain a connection to our national pastime.

On Saturday, Feb. 5, Coach DiCenzo, Coach Kane and Coach Rakowski, along with four players, worked with over 40 players from Worcester's most resource-depleted little leagues. Everyone that attended the event at Worcester's indoor batting facility, the Strike Zone, received a day of instruction from the coaches and players, helping them prepare for their upcoming seasons. The day was part of the foundation's new program, Leaders in the Lineup, an instructional baseball clinic taught by college coaches and professional instructors designed to teach the fundamentals of baseball and leadership skills to underserved youth players, parents and coaches.

The program will continue through the upcoming months in other metro-Boston areas and throughout New England. For more information on the Cannonball Foundation and all of its programs, please visit www.TheCannonballFoundation.org.