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Perfect Game Cares Foundation and Seminole County Hosted First Annual Free Baseball/Softball Camp for Over 300 Youth

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (February 2, 2022) – The Perfect Game Cares Foundation, in partnership with Seminole County, hosted a free Grow the Game baseball and softball camp for over 300 boys and girls ages 12 and under on Saturday, January 22 at the Boombah Sports Complex in Sanford. The inaugural event was part of a broader youth sports partnership between elite baseball and softball platform Perfect Game, Inc. (PG) and Seminole County.

The Perfect Game Cares Foundation (PG Cares), the philanthropic arm of PG, aims to bring baseball and softball opportunities, from gameplay to gear, to children in underserved communities. In addition to the one-day camp, they also held a field day for 1,000 Midway Elementary School students during school on Friday, January 21, reaching 1,300 Seminole County kids over a two-day period. 

At the camp, young players practiced with current and former Major League Baseball players Johnny Damon, Luis Alicea, Ben Ford, Tom "Flash" Gordon, Luis Gonzalez, Clint Hurdle, Charles Johnson, Tim Redding, Michael Tucker, Nick Gordon, Blake Loubier, Ryan Mountcastle, and Christian Robinson. Every attendee went home with a free Rawling’s glove, t-shirt from Augusta Sportswear, wiffle ball set, gear bag and autographed ball.

Perfect Game is based in Iowa and became the anchor event organizer at the Boombah Sports Complex in July 2020, hosting over 30 large events per year. “In 2021, PG’s events brought in over 85,000 visitors and generated a $27 million dollar economic impact for Seminole County,” explains Danny Trosset, Director of Sports Tourism for Seminole County.

In addition to continuing tournaments that boost the local economy, PG and PG Cares plan to host more Grow the Game camps that directly serve Seminole County youth. “Some of the kids that attended the camp had never had the opportunity to play the game before, so it was really special to see how excited they were to participate in this event,” says Trosset.

"Great things happen when likeminded people come together to help. The commitment of those working in the youth space of Seminole County is awe-inspiring,” says PG Cares Executive Director, Jennifer Ford. “We cannot wait to get started implementing long term support of programming for these wonderful kids. We look forward to continuing to Grow the Game in Seminole County."

ABOUT PERFECT GAME CARES FOUNDATION:
The Perfect Game Cares Foundation, Inc. began in 2003 as The PG Foundation, Inc., when Perfect Game Founder and President Jerry Ford decided that the success of PG created a platform to give back. Perfect Game has helped raise over $3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Toby Keith Foundation’s OK Kids Korral, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, and the Boys and Girls Club. In 2018, the Foundation expanded its footprint to become the Perfect Game Cares Foundation with its largest initiative to date—empowering and supporting America’s underserved youth. Visit www.perfectgamecares.org for more information.

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