30 THE QUEENS COURIER • JULY 14, 2016 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com A fi rst-class, competitive baseball tournament fi elding teams from the ages of 8 through 14. Some 100 teams from the fi ve boroughs are registered to play. OPENING DAY CEREMONIES Monday, July 18th Night Game www.boroughcup.com @BoroughCup CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES August 9th at Yankee Stadium August 15th and 16th at MCU Park* ! MLB Players Association helps fund Borough Cup The days of New York City’s youth baseball players leaving the area each summer to play in competitive tournaments are over. The Borough Cup, a thrilling citywide tournament that culminates with championship games at elite venues Yankee Stadium and MCU Park, was the recipient of tremendous validation and funding recently when the Major League Baseball Players Association announced a generous donation. Entering its third year, the Borough Cup has given New York City something it never had - a fi rst-class, competitive baseball tournament fi elding teams from the ages of eight through 14. Some 100 teams from the five boroughs are registered to play. Opening Day ceremonies are set for Monday, July 18 with the fi rst games to be played that night. The championship games will be played on August 9 at Yankee Stadium and August 15 and 16 at MCU Park. Several former MLB stars that are city natives such as John Franco, Willie Randolph and Lee Mazzilli, have been behind the Cup since Day One. “I think we’ve been losing interest in baseball in New York City at the grass roots level because we haven’t had the facilities and support needed to grow the game,” Franco said. “The Borough Cup provides that and more. What kid wouldn’t want to play at Yankee Stadium or MCU Park? It’s something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.’’ More than 3,000 baseball players representing all fi ve boroughs have participated in the Borough Cup. Since its inception, the goal has been to provide youth players with a low-cost but high-level option of playing summer baseball after Little League season ends. “We are proud that during the next four weeks, the third Borough Cup will bring young people from all over New York City, representing the diversity that is our hometown, to a positive activity such as baseball, ity helping make memories that will last a lifetime,’’ tournament Director Tom Sylvester said. “With the generous ROBBINS’ NEST by Lenn Robbins support of Major League Baseball, the Borough Cup is now nationally recognized and we hope to grow not only within the city but become a model for others around the county.’’ Indeed, the days of New York City youth baseball teams having to travel to fi nd elite summer competition are over.
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