On Sunday, February 9th just under 50 children gathered in the gymnasium of Tourtellotte Memorial High School to participate in a clinic focused on the national pastime – baseball.  Hosted by Northeast Opportunities for Wellness, Inc. (NOW) and Tri-Town American Legion Baseball, the clinic invited children ages 7 -13 to work with American Legion coaches and teen athletes, teaching a variety of skills, including: throwing/pitching, catching, batting, and fielding.

This is the third year NOW and Tri-Town American Legion baseball have teamed up to host a baseball clinic for local youth. NOW Executive Director Sarah Wolfburg shared her appreciation of the participation of American Legion coaches and players, “we are thrilled to work with Tri-Town American Legion Baseball on this clinic each year. The children that participate are able to learn from some of the best teen baseball players in the region and it is wonderful to see them gain confidence and new skills at this clinic.” 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.

Throughout the year, NOW hosts a series of free youth sports & wellness clinics around the region. Coming up on Sunday, March 1st, NOW will work with Tourtellotte’s Track & Field coaches and athletes to host the 5th Annual Running & Track Clinic for children ages 6 – 13. More clinics are planned for the spring and summer months, including soccer, swimming, football, field hockey, and volleyball. All current events are listed on the NOW website.

NOW is a non-profit human services organization focused on youth wellness. NOW provides children with the opportunity to participate in area wellness activities and athletics programs, offering scholarships to the youth of the community with up to 95% of the cost being subsidized by NOW. The mission of the organization is to provide ALL children, regardless of financial resources, equal opportunities to achieve & maintain youth wellness, beginning at an early age.

Registration is currently available online for the March 1st Youth Running & Track clinic. For more information on NOW or to sign up for the upcoming clinic, visit: www.nowinmotion.org.