Hundreds of Tampa children took to the baseball field for the 11th Annual Tampa Baseball Clinic, a free four-day program that teaches participants valuable life lessons alongside baseball fundamentals, hosted by Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation.
The clinic -- a highly anticipated event in Tampa that teaches baseball fundamentals intended to reinforce important life lessons -- was held at the Port Tampa Community Center and organized by the Turn 2 Foundation in partnership with the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department.
"At its core, Turn 2 is focused on helping young people to lead healthy lifestyles, excel academically, rise above negative influences and ultimately reach their full potential, and the Baseball Clinic aims to achieve just that by teaching young people important life lessons that apply both on and off the field," said Sharlee Jeter, president of the Turn 2 Foundation. "I'd like to thank our partners and sponsors for their ongoing support of our mission, as well as our inspirational speaker Gary Sheffield, for taking the time to meet these children and empower them to accomplish their own dreams."
Gary Sheffield, a nine-time MLB All-Star, World Series champion with the Florida Marlins and five-time Silver Slugger Award winner, served as the special guest speaker at the clinic. Following a demonstration of baseball techniques by Turn 2 coaches, Sheffield spoke to the children about hard work and dedication as the key to achieving one's goals.
"It's so important for kids to hear positive messages and have caring role models in the community that can help them overcome challenges and lead successful lives," said Gary Sheffield. "I truly respect the work that Derek has done with his foundation in the Tampa area and, as a Tampa native, I'm thrilled be a part of this program that gives back to local youth."
As part of the clinic, Turn 2 staff shared essential life lessons taken from Derek Jeter's autobiography, The Life You Imagine, which focuses on guiding today's youth toward positive, healthy choices and behavior. Local coaches also joined the program to teach participants throwing, hitting, running, catching and fielding techniques.
At the conclusion of the clinic on March 16th, participants will attend an awards ceremony and banquet along with their family and friends. The children will receive certificates of completion and gift bags from the Turn 2 Foundation containing items donated by the organization and its sponsors, Haddad Brands and Jordan Brand.