Matadors Recently Worked With Students to Host Free Youth Clinic

April 25, 2011

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The Cal State Northridge baseball team recently hosted a free clinic at Matador Field in conjunction with students in a Small Group Communications class at CSUN.

Cindy Farkas, Acyntya Sihprawerdhi, Jia Hong, Ariana Cortez and Jacqueline Diaz organized the clinic. All five are students in a Communication Studies 323 class on campus and coordinated the clinic as part of a project aimed at working as a group and planning an event in the community. 

"One of our group members has a son in the Chatsworth Junior Baseball League, so right away we knew we wanted to plan an event related to baseball," said project leader Diaz. "We wanted to mimic `Junior Dodger Day' where kids could meet and learn from the players at Northridge." 

The camp allowed participants ages 8-to-14 to work on their baseball skills with members of the Matador baseball team from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. free of charge.

According to Diaz, the group received around 95 registrants with about 70 participants attending the event. The event was open to the public and included youth from six different little league organizations in the San Fernando Valley.

Participants were separated into age-appropriate groups and received instruction in hitting, fielding and pitching from current Matador players and coaches.

"It was great to work with everyone during the clinic," said assistant coach Tim Leary. "The kids were great and hopefully we see a lot of them attend our summer camps."