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July 04, 2017
Chinese youth baseball club to train at Historic Dodgertown through July 16
Visit continues Historic Dodgertown’s legacy of promoting international goodwill through baseball
VERO BEACH, Fla. (July 4, 2017) — The sun wasn’t even up yet when a group of 11 boys and girls (ages 9 to 12) from the Suzhou Amigo Baseball Club, together with their coaches and chaperones, arrived at Historic Dodgertown to begin an exciting two week trip to the United States.
Upon arrival, the team members checked into their rooms, got a bit of sleep, and were soon up for lunch and a tour of Historic Dodgertown to learn about the baseball legends who have stayed, trained and played here.
Tomorrow – time to suit up, get on the fields, and learn the game of American baseball.
The Amigo Baseball Camp, established in 2016, is located in Suzhou, China, and teaches children confidence, respect and enthusiasm for learning through sports. Amigo Baseball operates in cooperation with Major League Baseball’s youth initiatives, and is designed for children ages 4 to 16. The camp utilizes a first-class indoor baseball training field and authorized MLB equipment.
Teachers instruct their students by showing videos of American baseball. Once they have a preliminary understanding of the game, the students go out onto the fields to learn the technicalities requirements and rules of baseball.
While in Vero Beach, the Amigo Baseball Club will also take in a Tampa Bay Rays game, visit the Kennedy Space Center and other sites during their visit.
Since opening in 1948, Historic Dodgertown has welcomed international teams and executives to learn the game and to promote international goodwill through baseball. In total, Historic Dodgertown has hosted professional teams from Asia on nearly 20 different occasions.
Under the O’Malley-led Dodger leadership and specific to China, representatives of the People’s Republic of China were invited guests of former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in 1980 to observe baseball at Dodger Stadium and in Southern California. In 1986 O’Malley privately built the “Dodger Baseball Field” at the Tianjin Institute of Physical and cultural Education. Cultural exchanges in 1986, 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1996 further grew the sport in China. In 1991, O’Malley was named an “Honorary Citizen of Tianjin of the People’s Republic of China.”
Please see the attached for a complete history of the cross-cultural exchanges between O’Malley and China baseball.
Amigos Baseball will enlist the expertise of Ernie Rosseau, former St. Louis Cardinals player, and coach with the Chicago White Sox, New York Mets and Chicago Cubs organizations, will serve as the American instructor for the Chinese club. Rosseau also has coached baseball in Florida for more than 30 years and is in the National Junior College Athletic Association Baseball Hall of Fame for his famed career at Eastern Florida College where he amassed 735 wins.
To learn more about Amigos Baseball, please visit www.amigosports.com.cn.
To learn more about Historic Dodgertown, please visit www.historicdodgertown.com. Photos of the group from their tour of Historic Dodgertown are also attached (hi-res available upon request).
Media is welcome to visit Historic Dodgertown during the Amigos Baseball visit. Please contact Ruth Ruiz to schedule the visit.
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(772) 257-8532 direct
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About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532