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Adley Rutschman Hosts First Ever Homegrown Clinic in Portland

The Homegrown Clinic was hosted at Charles B. Walker Stadium in Portland
October 11, 2021
MLB.com: Adley gives back to hometown kids via camp PORTLAND, Ore. -- Adley Rutschman hosted the first ever Homegrown Clinic as part of the USA Baseball Homegrown program at Charles B. Walker Stadium on Saturday, October 9. Joined by 125 kids from the Portland area, Rutschman led them through numerous baseball

MLB.com: Adley gives back to hometown kids via camp

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Adley Rutschman hosted the first ever Homegrown Clinic as part of the USA Baseball Homegrown program at Charles B. Walker Stadium on Saturday, October 9. Joined by 125 kids from the Portland area, Rutschman led them through numerous baseball stations, held a question and answer session, played "Over the Line," and had one-on-one time with each participant, signing autographs for every attendee.

"I’ve been wanting to do something back home ever since I got drafted," said Rutschman. "I think the biggest thing when it comes to being a professional baseball player and having the opportunities that we have is the ability to give back. I’ve always been looking for that opportunity. The Homegrown program allowed for that and for me to interact with the community of Portland and Oregon in general. It’s something I’ve dreamed of. It means a lot to me just seeing all of the people that came out, all of the organizations that came out to help. I think that has had a bigger impact than we realize now and this can continue to build and grow.

"There is a sense of satisfaction that comes with giving back and that is definitely a benefit and it is a reason you do it; but, I think you reshape your mind in order to think that this is having a bigger impact than just you giving back. It’s really about the kids' experience and giving them something they can remember and build off of and just trying to make sure they have a good time. Even that hour, or two hours, that you give, hopefully, goes further than just today."

USA Baseball and Rutschman also partnered with Friends of Baseball, the Portland Pickles, and the Corvalis Knights to put on this event.

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Adley Rutschman, USA Baseball to Host Homegrown Clinic in Portland

Clinic to be held at Charles B. Walker Stadium on Saturday, October 9
September 28, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced that Baltimore Orioles catching prospect Adley Rutschman (2018 Collegiate National Team alum, 2019 Golden Spikes Award winner, 2019 MLB Draft 1st Overall Pick, current No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB.com) will host the first-ever Homegrown Clinic at Charles B. Walker Stadium at

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced that Baltimore Orioles catching prospect Adley Rutschman (2018 Collegiate National Team alum, 2019 Golden Spikes Award winner, 2019 MLB Draft 1st Overall Pick, current No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB.com) will host the first-ever Homegrown Clinic at Charles B. Walker Stadium at Lents Park in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

Supported by Friends of Baseball and the Portland Pickles, the event is free and open to 150 kids aged 5-12 from the greater Portland area. 

USA Baseball Homegrown Clinics are designed to introduce kids to the fundamentals of baseball and softball in a fun, non-competitive, community-based environment. Participants will get outside to learn and play America's pastime alongside a Team USA alum from their hometown.

“Youth baseball is very important to me, particularly in Oregon,” said Adley Rutschman.  “The game has given me so many gifts–the friends I’ve made and the lessons I’ve learned playing the game are essential to who I am. I’m so excited to help expose young athletes to the joys of playing baseball, and I’m grateful to USA Baseball and Friends of Baseball for their time and effort in helping create this opportunity. I’m looking forward to a fun day of baseball with Oregon’s young athletes.”

“It is exciting to work alongside Adley Rutschman to host our first-ever Homegrown Clinic,” said USA Baseball Assistant Director of Youth Programs Anthony Cangelosi. “Adley has been a friend to USA Baseball since he played on the Collegiate National Team in 2018. His desire to give back to the community that helped mold him into the person and baseball player he is today, as well as positively impact the youth from his hometown, is admirable. We are thrilled to co-host this event for the kids of Portland.”

During the event, participants will go through various stations manned by members of the University of Portland and George Fox University baseball programs, including baserunning, catching/throwing, fielding, and a home run derby. Additionally, they will play in a modified scrimmage with Rutschman serving as the designated pitcher. Every child who attends will also receive a t-shirt and a poster commemorating the event.

The Homegrown Clinic is one of many free developmental offerings by USA Baseball and continues the organization’s outreach into the city of Portland. The Portland Public School system adopted the Fun At Bat program in 2018 and has since reached 68 schools and over 34,000 kids. Fun At Bat is a joint initiative between USA Baseball and Major League Baseball designed for physical education classes to promote fun and active lifestyles for children while teaching the fundamental skills of bat-and-ball sports.

USA Baseball will implement the COVID-19 protocols mandated by the local government for all participants and attendees during the Homegrown Clinic.

Members of the media are invited to attend and will be required to follow the required COVID-19 protocols. To RSVP for the event, members of the media may fill out a credential application here.

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USA Baseball Launches Homegrown Program

Program includes two unique initiatives featuring USA Baseball alumni
November 18, 2020
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the launch of its Homegrown program to provide youth participants with a unique opportunity to learn and grow with athletes from their hometown in fun and interactive settings. The program features two different initiatives – Homegrown Clinics and Homegrown Connections – that will

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the launch of its Homegrown program to provide youth participants with a unique opportunity to learn and grow with athletes from their hometown in fun and interactive settings. The program features two different initiatives – Homegrown Clinics and Homegrown Connections – that will allow Team USA alumni to give back to their hometowns and youth-based organizations that hold personal meaning or supported their overall personal or professional development.

In addition to welcoming USA Baseball alumni back into their communities, the Homegrown program also allows the organization to continue its efforts to increase participation in the sport at the grassroots level. Participants will be connected with USA Baseball National Member Organizations to learn about local league registration opportunities and schools participating in the Homegrown program that are not already part of the USA Baseball Fun At Bat program will be able to incorporate the free initiative into their educational curriculum going forward.

Fun At Bat is part of Major League Baseball’s PLAY BALL initiative–the sport’s largest collective effort to encourage young people to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities. The Fun At Bat program reaches nearly 3.5 million children across all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Mexico, London and Brazil. The program is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and also includes a literacy component focusing on character development and teaching traits such as leadership, teamwork and responsibility.

“The Homegrown program is an exciting chance for our athletes to give back to the places where their baseball journeys began,” said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. “Both the Homegrown Connections and Homegrown Clinics will present unique opportunities for USA Baseball alumni to stay connected to the places that helped them as they started their careers, and we look forward to helping create impactful interactions between these young participants and their hometown heroes.”

The USA Baseball Homegrown program will begin in the fall of 2020 with Homegrown Connections, a virtual, webinar-like experience that will provide youth with a rare opportunity to connect with national team alumni from their community in a personalized setting. Students from elementary schools and youth-based or youth mission-driven organizations will get to know their hometown heroes through these live, interactive events.

The first Homegrown Connections webinar featured two-time Team USA alum Michael Cuddyer on November 17. The webinar consisted of an interactive discussion before concluding with a question and answer session featuring questions submitted by participants from his hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia.

Cuddyer was a member of the 1996 and 1997 18U National Teams. In 1997, he led Team USA in home runs (3), runs scored (8), total bases (15) and stolen bases (3), and tied for the lead in RBIs with six, helping the 18U National Team win the 1997 USA Baseball Team of the Year Award.

He was selected ninth overall in the 1997 MLB June Amateur Draft by the Minnesota Twins and made his major league debut with the club on September 23, 2001. He went on to play 15 seasons in the big leagues, finishing with a .277 career batting average, two All-Star selections and a Silver Slugger Award. After playing 11 seasons with the Twins, Cuddyer was inducted into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame in 2017. 

In addition to Homegrown Connections, the USA Baseball Homegrown program will also include Homegrown Clinics, which are in-person baseball events for youth from elementary schools and youth-based or youth mission-driven organizations between the ages of 5-12. Set to begin in the fall of 2021, this initiative will allow participants to be given a chance to get outside to learn and play alongside USA Baseball alumni.

For more information on the Homegrown program, Fun At Bat and all USA Baseball Development initiatives, visit USABDevelops.com or follow @FunAtBat and @USABDevelops on Instagram and Twitter.

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