Hundreds of children and teens had a good time at an event called "Play Ball" at the Boys and Girls Club of Fontana at Almeria Middle School on Aug. 15.

Through a special designation from the Conference of Mayors and Major League Baseball, the event linked the Boys and Girls Club of Fontana and the City of Fontana in exposing youth and teens to the fundamentals of baseball and softball, while having fun with exciting health and wellness activities, said Mayor Acquanetta Warren.

Play Ball highlights the many ways baseball and softball can be played outside of traditionally organized leagues and tournaments, ranging from playing catch, stickball, plastic ball and bat games to participating in skills competitions like MLB Pitch, Hit and Run. Play Ball allows youth ages 6-18 to increase their overall fitness and nutrition while learning the basic skills of baseball and softball.

The event featured a special guest appearance by former Fontana High School softball star Kim Waleszonia Cecil, who was a 3rd Team All-America player at the University of Florida in both 2007 and 2008 and helped lead the Gators to berths in the Women's College World Series.

Aftershock, a mascot of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes pro baseball team, was also in attendance.

Each participant received a T-shirt from U.S. Conference of Mayors and a water bottle from the Healthy Fontana Program.

For more information about events at the Boys and Girls Club, call (909) 822-4988 or visit info@bgcfontana.org.

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