The Best of the 757 Baseball Showcase Kicks Off Aug 17 at Harbor Park, Home of the Norfolk Tides

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Not registered? Athletes still have time and can walk up to register on the day of.

Best of the 757

Best of the 757 is a showcase series for high school athletes.

In a few short years, the Best of the 757 has become known for bringing together quality athletes from across the region and showcasing their exceptional skills.

The Best of the 757’s annual baseball showcase – the second event in 2013 sports series in Tidewater, Va. – will kick off Aug. 17 at Harbor Park, home of the Norfolk Tides.

“In a few short years, the Best of the 757 has become known for bringing together quality athletes from across the region and showcasing their exceptional skills,” said Suzanne Culotta, Event Director. “We expect extensive coverage of our athletes in this showcase, as in previous combines, by Cox Channel 11, Recruit757, the Daily Press, ESPN Radio 94.1 and more.”

The Best of the 757 event series profiles the area’s top athletes in noted sports by bringing them together to compete in a series of athletic tests and then work with top area high school coaches in a showcase to gain new skills and show off their sport and position specific abilities. The football combine earlier this summer at Christopher Newport University in Newport News drew nearly 200 athletes.

In this, the Best of the 757’s sixth season, the baseball showcase is the second event. The basketball showcase is Oct. 13 in the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton.

“The Best of the 757 is a well run showcase at a very reasonable price,” said Sean Townsend, Head Coach for the Great Bridge High School baseball team, runner up in the 2013 State Championships, and a Best of the 757 Co-Directors. “It’s a great way for players in Hampton Roads to see how they stack up with other players in the area.”

Event sponsors and leadership will add a lacrosse showcase this fall, on Nov. 9.

“We’re working the details now, but the ability to add another sport, one that’s gaining great momentum here and across the country, is a real honor for us,” said Culotta, adding that details of the additional lacrosse showcase will be released later this summer.

“We’re proud that we’ve grown. We’re thrilled that we’re having the best athletes come out for what’s already become our best year yet. And we’re excited to get to know the lacrosse players in the 757 and beyond.”

Athletes can register for the baseball and basketball showcases at http://www.bestofthe757.com. Not registered? Walk up registrations will be accepted.

Get a glimpse at the Best of the 757’s 2012 baseball showcase in this Sports Report Extra here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE59tXOKsdE&feature=share&list=UUBPm6lUx_vf50ZyFHb5gCMw

ABOUT THE 757:

The Tidewater or Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia is known collectively as "the 757" because of the area code that links together a series of cities that’s become a breeding ground for some of the world's finest athletes. The 757 is generally regarded as a top region for college recruiters. Moreover, there is a tremendous pride within the Hampton Roads community and support of athletes who compete in and are from the 757.

Professional athletes that have come from the 757 include basketball’s Alonzo Mourning, Allen Iverson, and JR Reid; baseball’s BJ Upton, Justin Upton and Michael Cuddyer; football’s Bruce Smith, Plaxico Burress, Ronald Curry, Aaron Brooks, DeAngelo Hall, Michael Vick and Tyrod Taylor.

Hampton Roads is home to 1.3 million people and the 757 has more than 50 schools with roughly 55,000 athletes. Officially, the 757 includes the cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Portsmouth, Newport News, Williamsburg and Suffolk.

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