Heinz Helps Kids Hit, Run and Catch
Nearly 300 young baseball players recently got to take the baseball field with National League MVP and Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star Andrew McCutchen at a ProCamps training camp sponsored by the H.J. Heinz Company Foundation.
Only hours before taking the field to start a series against the San Diego Padres at PNC Park, McCutchen led drills, offered tips and took the microphone for an extended Q & A session with the kids. He posed for photos and signed autographs for all the athletes, and even showed off his best dance moves.
The Kids to Camp Program works with local Boys & Girls clubs and the Urban League to identify youths from disadvantaged backgrounds and provide them with the opportunity to learn sports fundamentals from professional athletes and to interact with positive adult role models. The scholarships provide full tuition to the camp, transportation and a hot lunch.
Heinz provided scholarships to 57 students at 10 camps across the country, including three in the Pittsburgh area. Also hosting camps this summer were Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin. ProCamps, founded in 1998, runs camps featuring professional athletes from the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL and Women’s Professional Soccer.