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Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Program to host national finals during 2009 MLB All-Star Week in St. Louis07/07/2009 1:23 PM ET
Major League Baseball and Aquafina today announced the 2009 Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run top competitors to advance to the 2009 Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run National Finals. The finals of the "Official Youth Skills Competition of Major League Baseball" will take place during the 2009 MLB All-Star Week in St. Louis on July 13 at Busch Stadium. Additionally, there will be an on-field ceremony honoring the champions during the State Farm Home Run Derby.
Throughout 2009, Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run has reached more than 600,000 boys and girls between the aged of 7 and 14, providing an integrated competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball and softball skills. Aquafina, the "Official Bottled Water of Major League Baseball," is in its second year sponsoring the grassroots program following its sister brand, Pepsi the "Official Soft Drink of Major League Baseball," which was the title sponsor between 2002 and 2007.
The top competitors (names listed below) nationwide from each age group (7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14) have advanced to the 2009 Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) National Finals that will occur during All-Star Week. The PHR program invited youth to demonstrate their skills, competing in pitching, hitting and running abilities. PHR Finalists have advanced through several levels of competition, including over 4,000 local competitions hosted by civic youth organizations and volunteers, and have outscored over 600,000 youngsters. All 30 MLB Clubs hosted team competitions at their ballparks on weekends from May 30 to June 28.
"Major League Baseball is committed to providing a positive environment for our youth and to giving them the chance to learn and grow both on the field and off," said John Brody, SVP, Corporate Sales & Marketing, Major League Baseball. "Through the generous support of Aquafina via the Pitch, Hit & Run program, over half a million young people across America were able to participate in a team environment and were exposed to baseball and softball."
"Every year this program is a wonderful reminder of what makes this sport special to youth throughout the country," said Jeff Dubiel, VP of sports marketing for Pepsi-Cola North America Beverages. "Baseball is truly America's pastime and there is no better evidence than the enthusiasm and high level of skill we see during the Aquafina Pitch, Hit & Run competitions. We're looking forward to an exciting finale in St. Louis."
This is the 13th year MLB has run a youth skills program. Information regarding dates, times and locations of local competitions as well as entry forms and other materials for the 2009 Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run initiative are available online at MLB.com/PHR.
The following is a list of the 2009 Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run National Finalists:
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