The Mets host hundreds of boys and girls for baseball clinics with the Junior Mets Clinics presented by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Mets players and coaches run the children through hitting, fielding and pitching drills at Citi Field. The kids receive Junior Mets t-shirts as well as tickets to a future game. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the Junior Mets to learn baseball basics from infielder T.J. Rivera, pitcher Robert Gsellman or third-base coach Glenn Sherlock. The Mets work with local youth baseball organizations to select the participants.
The Mets and infielder Wilmer Flores host foster children and their families at select games throughout the season through Friends of Flores presented by Konica Minolta. Each child receives complimentary tickets, the chance to meet Wilmer Flores, a Friends of Flores t-shirt, Mets goodies, and a food voucher. The goal of the program is to continue to raise awareness about the thousands of local foster children in need of homes and the opportunity for families to serve as foster parents, adoptive families and mentors.
Mets pitchers Jerry Blevins and Josh Smoker visited the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson, Long Island to play a game of wheelchair wiffle ball with students. The Viscardi School offers parents of children with severe physical disabilities and who often require life-sustaining medical treatment throughout the day, a traditional educational setting.
Josh and Jerry took turns pitching to the students while students and fellow staff cheered them on from the sidelines. Mr. Met hyped up the crowd and high fived the students as they made their way around the bases after hitting homeruns. After the game, pitchers took photos and signed autographs for the students.
The Mets Sterling Award Winners, the top players in the minor league system, headed to P.S. 92 in Corona to take over a gym class. The players along with 30 third graders participated in various athletic activities to highlight the importance of staying active. Mr. Met gave out high fives to students and cheered them on.
After the games were over, players and students engaged in a Q & A where hard work and staying active was emphasized. The players then signed autographs for students and took photos.
The Mets hosted Girl Scout Troop 6000 at Citi Field for one of their weekly meetings. Troop 6000 is specially designed to serve girls in the New York City shelter system. Wives of Mets players and coaches greeted the girls and helped with an activity designed to work on confidence building and public speaking. The troop also enjoyed dinner in the press conference room, received Mets scout patches, and watched a Mets game.
The Mets hosted the Spring Clinic for Champions at their Spring Training home in Port St. Lucie, Florida in February. Around 80 Special Olympic athletes and their families participated in the baseball clinic at First Data Field. The athletes got to hit, field, catch and throw with Mets players including David Wright, Noah Syndergaard and Michael Conforto.
The athletes enjoyed a beautiful day of baseball followed by a barbecue with their favorite ballpark fare. Each athlete left with great memories of an unforgettable day!