Mets/Verizon Wireless Kids Clinic – August 4

The Mets and Verizon are holding a kid’s clinic on August 4 at Citi Field. Here are the details:

Verizon Wireless, operator of America’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, has partnered with the New York Mets to host the Verizon Kid’s Clinic on Aug. 4 at Citi Field in Queens. The clinic will offer 60 local children the chance to take the field with their favorite players, learning the fundamentals of baseball while having fun. Verizon Wireless is committed to keeping New York Mets fans connected to their favorite team on and off the field this summer.

Beginning Saturday, July 20, through Saturday, July 27, Mets fans and parents can visit one of three participating Verizon Wireless stores in Astoria, Washington Heights and the Bronx to register their little ones ages 5 to 12 in a drawing to secure a spot at the clinic. Upon registering, fans will be invited to participate in live demonstrations of devices and accessories from Verizon Wireless and snap photos with Mr. Met and Mets alumni John Franco and Dwight “Doc” Gooden. All fans can grab a complimentary bite from the Munchie Mobile Food Truck and walk away with a handful of other prizes, including a Verizon Wireless goodie bag with a Mets baseball.

Registration event details:

Verizon Wireless Astoria Store

Saturday, July 20 from 1 – 3 p.m.

31-15 Steinway St.

In-store appearance by John Franco, 2012 New York Mets Hall of Fame inductee

Verizon Wireless Washington Heights Store

Friday, July 26 from 5 – 8 p.m.

4251 Broadway

In-store appearance by Mr. Met, New York Mets official mascot

Verizon Wireless Fordham Store

Saturday, July 27 from 1 – 3 p.m.

153 E. Fordham Road

In-store appearance by Dwight “Doc” Gooden, 2010 New York Mets Hall of Fame inductee

“No other sport has the power to connect fans, family and friends quite like baseball, so it’s only fitting that Verizon would team up with the New York Mets to create the ultimate major league experience for kids,” said Karen Hadley, Associate Director of Verizon sponsorships. “The Mets have a longstanding history of giving back to and connecting with the New York community and Verizon is thrilled to offer a potential future Mets the opportunity to train with their favorite players this summer at the Verizon Kid’s Clinic at Citi Field.”

Twenty kids from each registration event will be randomly selected to attend the Verizon Kid’s Clinic at Citi Field. The clinic begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, and connects 60 winning youths with Mets players and coaches to train, run drills and experience first-hand what it’s like to play in the big leagues. Winners will be also awarded their own “Future Met” t-shirts and two tickets to the Mets game later that afternoon against the Kansas City Royals.

“The Mets are thrilled to take to the field with Verizon Wireless this summer and give a handful of future Mets the opportunity to train with their favorite players,” said Paul Asencio, Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales & Partnerships. “The Mets have a longstanding history of connecting kids with America’s pastime and the Verizon Kid’s Clinic at Citi Field is no exception.”

Parents must sign an affidavit and release form before registering each child for the clinic. Registration is open to residents of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Winners will be selected and notified no later than July 30th,. No purchase necessary to enter.

For more information about the Verizon Kid’s Clinic at Citi Field or directions to participating stores, please visit .

On a personal note, I attended a kids clinic back in 1982 when I was 11. I learned about baserunning from Mookie Wilson, hitting from John Stearns, catching from Ron Hodges, pitching from Craig Swan, and fielding from (of all people) Ellis Valentine.

This clinic on August 4 will be a great way for the Mets and their young fans to form a bond that will last a lifetime.

Paul is a freelance writer, blogger, and broadcast technology professional residing in Denver. A New Jersey native, he is a long-suffering Mets fan, a recently-happy Giants fan, and bewildered Islanders fan. He's also a fair-weather Avalanche and Rockies supporter. In his spare time, he enjoys the three Gs: Golf, Guitars, and Games.