DURHAM, N.C. – After returning for the fall semester just over a week ago, the Duke baseball team has set aside time Wednesday evening to host a free clinic at Jack Coombs Field for the Long Ball Program, a local organization which aims to help at-risk youth.
“On behalf of our players, coaches and Duke Athletics, we are proud to welcome players from the Long Ball program to Jack Coombs Field for the inaugural Duke Baseball – Long Ball Clinic,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “We are proud of the partnership between these two great programs and I want to personally thank Pat James for providing our team with the opportunity to get involved with this successful organization. This partnership is another great example of the special link between Duke and the Durham community.”
A pilot program supported by Minor League Charities for Durham, the Long Ball program fosters growth in sports, academics and life skills to provide the community’s young men with the tools they need to succeed. Featuring 120 adolescents ages 13-18, the organization sponsors a free baseball league with games at the Durham Athletic Park in addition to conditioning clinics, life skills seminars and academic support.
“As a Duke employee, I know firsthand the special link between the university and the Durham community,” said Long Ball president Pat James. “I met Coach Pollard when he arrived at Duke and he didn’t hesitate to continue the partnership already in place. Our players are looking forward to coming to Jack Coombs Field for tonight’s conditioning clinic.”
For more information on the Long Ball Program, please visit: http://longballdurham.com/