On Sunday, March 18th NOW teamed up with Tri-Town American Legion Baseball to host a free indoor baseball clinic at Tourtellotte Memorial High School in Thompson. Sixty-five children participated in the clinic, learning a variety of skills from American Legion coaches and teen athletes. The two-hour event saw participating children rotate through six skill stations, including: Throwing/Pitching, Catching, Batting, Fielding, a NOW Fitness Agility Obstacle Course, and NOW Nutrition class. The clinic is the second in a series of free 2018 events hosted by NOW designed to introduce sports and wellness activities to children in the 10-town area of Northeast Connecticut.
This was the first time NOW has held a clinic focused on baseball. NOW Executive Director Sarah Wolfburg discussed the planning process for the clinic, “Over the last several years, NOW has hosted clinics focused on a variety of sports and for 2018 we were excited to finally offer an event featuring baseball.” Wolfburg continued, “When searching for volunteers to assist us with the clinic, the coaches with Tri-Town American Legion Baseball were excited at the prospect of working with us and jumped right on board with the event. In less than a month we were able to plan the clinic, attracting a great number of children, which shows the popularity of the sport in our region.”
Ron Coderre, Chairman of the Tri-Town American Legion Executive Committee, commented on the clinic, “We were very pleased to participate in the Baseball Clinic and have received great feedback on the event. Our organization is passionate about the sport of baseball and we appreciate the work that NOW is doing to encourage young athletes.” American Legion Baseball is the premier U.S. amateur league for young men 13-19. Tri-Town American Legion Baseball welcomes players from Putnam, Woodstock, Thompson and Eastford to participate in the league each year.