About Play Ball
On June 20, 2015, Major League Baseball and the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) launched a new Play Ball initiative, which will focus on the sport of baseball and encourage sustained participation in the sport for years to come. Play Ball will serve as a platform to connect with those who are currently involved in the game, while also providing alternative ways in for those looking to get involved, with a specific focus on youth participation.
From April to August of 2018, with the help of mayors across the country, “Play Ball” Events will be held with the goal of energizing communities and generating support and love for baseball and softball. To increase the mayoral youth impact this year, we are encouraging mayors to consider hosting mayoral events with their local Boys and Girls Clubs.
Mayors will engage citizens, families and their respective city departments to organize individual and community “Play Ball” events. These mayoral events will not only create a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the game, but will also serve as an opportunity to strengthen family and community bonds.
As a 2018 Play Ball City the mayor will:
- Conduct Play Ball event(s) during April to August 2018 in my city.
- Participate in “Caps On” on Major League Baseball Opening Day on March 29, 2018.
- Issue a “Play Ball” proclamation and present it during an official mayoral event.
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