Kids From Two Queens Groups Have a Date With Mets Players at Citi Field

Thirty lucky youngsters from two Queens organizations will take the field along with two New York Mets players and a coach as part of the Verizon Promo Day at Citi Field on Aug. 15.

The kids, 7 to 12 years old, are from the South Queens Boys and Girls Club in Richmond Hill, and the Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, based in Corona. 

Accompanied by their parents or guardians, the kids will receive tips and instructions on hitting, fielding, throwing and base running from two Mets players and a coach; they'll get refreshments after the clinic; and they'll have their pictures taken with the Mets players.  After the morning clinic and other activities, they'll attend the Mets game that afternoon against the San Francisco Giants.

"Our students can't wait," said Carol Simon, executive director of the South Queens Boys and Girls Club.  "A chance to be on the field at Citi Field with two Mets players is a dream come true for our kids.  And we thank Verizon for making it happen."

Said Victoria Williams, executive director of Elmcor: "These kinds of events mean so much to our summer-camp kids.  We expect it to be a learning experience and a fun event at the same time.  This is a prime example of Verizon giving back to the community."

As part of the Verizon Promo Day, Verizon will hand out magnetic picture frames to the first 25,000 people through the gates for the game.

In addition to the kids' clinic and the giveaways, the winner of the New York Mets - Verizon Summer Sweepstakes will enjoy the game, along with 15 friends, from a luxury box and throw out the first pitch.  Through Aug. 5, fans were able to sign up for the sweepstakes at www.mets.com/summersweepstakes.

At every Mets game at Citi Field, fans can visit the Verizon Studio where they can experience the superior picture quality of Verizon's FiOS TV and the speed of FiOS Internet, the only television and Internet services delivered over an all-fiber-optic network straight to customers' homes.  At the studio, people can also watch the game on a super-sized 108-inch HD TV and get exclusive ringtones, wallpaper and game highlights delivered directly to their Verizon Wireless phone.  The Verizon Studio is located on the field concourse level, adjacent to the right-field bridge.

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