David Ortiz to Host Big Papi’s Power Hitting Clinic For Kids on July 27-28, 2006

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David Ortiz, major league baseball player and designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox, will host two baseball “Power Hitting” clinics for local youth on July 27 and 28 at Extra Innings in West Bridgewater. Presented by Papa Gino’s & D’Angelo Sandwich Shops, these clinics are designed for those young baseball players who want to learn how to hit like a pro.

David Ortiz, major league baseball player and designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox, will host two baseball “Power Hitting” clinics for local youth on July 27 and 28 at Extra Innings in West Bridgewater. Presented by Papa Gino’s & D’Angelo Sandwich Shops, these clinics are designed for those young baseball players who want to learn how to hit like a pro.

The Big Papi Power Hitting Clinics will provide instruction on the mechanics of hitting, including bat grip, stance, trigger, swing and follow-though. The clinics will be taught by certified instructors who will be joined at each practice station by David and some of his major league friends.

The first clinic takes place on Thursday, July 27 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and will be limited to players aged 7-12. The clinic will be followed by a Papa Gino’s Pizza Party and Q&A session hosted by David Ortiz. The second clinic will take place on Friday, July 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. This event will be limited to players aged 13-17 and will be followed by a D’Angelo Sandwich Shops Picnic Party and Q&A session hosted by David Ortiz. The cost of the clinics is $299 per child.

Registration for the clinics will begin on June 12. Parents can register their children for the hitting clinics on the Extra Innings website at http://www.extrainnings-wbridgewater.com or in person at the West Bridgewater Extra Innings Facility, 319 W. Manley Street, W. Bridgewater, MA. Each clinic can accommodate 125 children. 10 tickets for each clinic will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston for use by their members. An additional fundraiser will be held over the same weekend to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Boston and Plaza de la Salud Hospital de Ninos, a children’s Hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Additional details on this fundraiser will be announced soon.

The events are being presented by Papa Gino's and D'Angelo Sandwich Shops. Sponsorship opportunities for the event are still available by calling Alex Radetsky at 917.421.5375.

Extra Innings

Extra Innings is the South Shore's finest year round indoor baseball & softball training facility. Extra Innings is dedicated to fulfilling the needs of players of all ages and abilities. The state of the art training facility has 25-foot high ceilings and over 27,000 square feet, which includes 12 indoor baseball and indoor softball hitting & pitching tunnels, a fully stocked pro shop, members training room, and a birthday area.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

Since its founding in 1893, BGCB has provided high-impact, affordable programs and services that enable at-risk youth from disadvantaged circumstances to mature into productive, caring and responsible adults. Today, BGCB serves nearly 13,000 young people, ages 6 to 18, in five Clubs (in Charlestown, Chelsea, Dorchester, Roxbury and South Boston) and through four after-school Community Learning Centers in partnership with the Boston Public Schools, and through Youth Service Providers Network (YSPN) a program in partnership with the Boston Police Department. For an annual fee of just $25 per member − just $5 for teens − BGCB offers a variety of program activities and support services designed to assist in the educational, emotional, moral and physical development of its members. The agency’s core programs focus on education; technology; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; life skills and leadership development. BGCB is an affiliate of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The United Way of Massachusetts Bay. For more information, visit us on the web at http://www.bgcb.org.

Papa Gino’s Holdings Corp.

Based in Dedham, Massachusetts, Papa Gino’s Holdings Corporation is the parent company of Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo Grilled Sandwich. Papa Gino’s Holdings Corp. operates 372 company-owned and franchised Papa Gino’s, D’Angelo and dual-location restaurants and employs more than 5,000 people. Both D’Angelo and Papa Gino’s are committed to providing high-quality products, attentive service, clean, convenient, attractive restaurants, and a premium value experience for every guest. The company culture, which is characterized by its values, a strong work ethic and the fair treatment of people, includes a large number of people who have spent their entire working lives in these restaurants, keeping the passion for excellence alive. For more information about Papa Gino’s Holdings Corp. and its brands, please visit http://www.papaginos.com.

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