Kaua’i kids could compete at MLB All-Star game

This spring youngsters ages 7-14 will have the unique opportunity to showcase three fundamental baseball skills — pitching, hitting and running — for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete on-field at the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

According to a press release, Pepsi’s Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball.

PHR is a great way for youth organizations nationwide to put their town on the map and allow children in their community the opportunity to compete at a Major League Ballpark.

Organizations interested in hosting a local competition may visit www.mlb.com/phr or call 770-641-7415.

This free grassroots program is in its tenth year of existence and is designed to provide youth across North America with an integrated competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball skills.

Children compete in four age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including the Local, Sectional, Team Championship and National Finals.

Once advancing to the MLB Team Championship, participants will compete at a Major League Ballpark.

From there, the top four competitors nationwide from each of the four age groups will win a trip to the National Finals to compete for the National Championship during All-Star Week in Pittsburgh.

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