Tuesday, July 29, 2008

City Parks Announce 2008 Sox Talks & Fenway Challenge

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Recreation Division of Boston Centers for Youth & Families invite Boston youth to meet players and coaches from the Boston Red Sox organization and compete in a baseball skills session at the annual Red Sox Talks/Fenway Challenge during July and August.

Hosted by Boston Centers for Youth & Families in conjunction with the Boston Parks Department, the Sox Talks/Fenway Challenges are sponsored by the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Police Activities League. Registration each day is at 9:00 a.m. followed by the Fenway Challenge, a skills competition in running, hitting and throwing for boys and girls ages 6-14.

At the completion of the Fenway Challenge, a member of the Red Sox organization will arrive and speak with the crowd. It’s always a surprise; only the Red Sox know who will be present at each event but last year’s Sox Talks included Dustin Pedroia, Manny Delcarmen, Javier Lopez and others. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, July 8th at Billings Field in West Roxbury, Friday, July 11th at Playstead Park (adjacent to White Stadium in Dorchester,) Tuesday, July 29th at Iacono Playground in Hyde Park, Friday, August 1st at Jim Rice Field in the South End, and Wednesday, August 13th at Puopolo Park in North End.

The winners of each Fenway Challenge competition will be recognized at Fenway Park before a Red Sox game later this season. For more information or to register, please call Boston Centers for Youth & Families at 617-635-4920 x2145.

Camps and summer programs are welcome to attend.

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