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 pitchers Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo or third-base coach Glenn Sherlock. The Mets work with local youth baseball organizations to select the participants.
The Mets and outfielder Michael Conforto host pediatric cancer patients from local hospitals at select games through Conforto Cares. The children are given a tour of Citi Field, the opportunity to take batting practice inside the Mets batting cages and to enjoy lunch with Michael. Each child is given a Conforto Cares t-shirt and a Mets gift bag. The program focuses on bringing awareness to pediatric cancer and the challenges that these children face every day. Michael will host kids at the ballpark as well as visit children and their families at hospitals throughout the city.
The Mets' Latino Leaders program presented by WellCare aims to motivate, cultivate and empower Latino students to become exemplary leaders in their schools and their communities. Mets players Amed Rosario and Luis Guillorme, and bullpen coach Ricky Bones worked with 10 students from Hastings High School to help prepare and serve a meal to guests at the Mary Brennan Inn in Long Island. Players also had the opportunity to engage with 10 hand selected students from The School in the Square where they worked on a leadership building activity and discussed the positive ways they can help their community and set goals for the future. The Latino Leaders program will also be offering several Latino high school students with the opportunity to attend St. John's University College Advantage Program by providing these students with scholarship money to help with the expenses of the program.
The Mets hosted the New York Mets Spring Clinic for Champions at their Spring Training home in Port St. Lucie, Florida. 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 and coaches including Steven Matz, Brandon Nimmo, Wilmer Flores, Ricky Bones and Pat Roessler. The athletes enjoyed a beautiful day of baseball at the Mets Spring Training facility followed by a BBQ with their favorite ballpark fare. Each athlete received a Mets t-shirt and left with great memories of an unforgettable day!