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Junior Giants brings free baseball program to South Shore; registration opens March 16

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The City of South Lake Tahoe Recreation Department is partnering with the San Francisco Giants to bring a free baseball program to the South Shore for kids ages 5 to 13. Junior Giants is a free, non-competitive and innovative baseball program for boys and girls — and is the flagship program of the Giants Community Fund.

“Junior Giants is really about character development through the game of baseball,” city recreation manager Lauren Thomaselli said. “Participants will gain self-confidence, understand personal integrity, build teamwork, and know what it means to be a leader.”

Registration for the program begins Wednesday, March 16. It can be completed online at http://www.jrgiants.org or at one of the following locations:

City of South Lake Tahoe Recreation and Swim Complex, 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd., Monday through Saturday, March 16-June 1, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, 1100 Lyons Ave., Wednesday, March 23, April 6 and April 20, 4-5:30 p.m.

Boys and Girls Club at Bijou School, 3501 Spruce Ave., Thursday, March 31 and April 28, 4-5:30 p.m.

In 1994, the Giants Community Fund sought a program that would give at-risk kids a meaningful partnership with community-based organizations and provide an alternative to drugs, gangs and crime. The Junior Giants program now reaches over 22,000 children in 90 leagues across California and into Nevada and Oregon.

The Community Fund provides all of the uniforms, equipment and training necessary to run a league as well as tickets to select Giants games, so the youth can experience a Major League Baseball game. For more information, visit http://www.jrgiants.org.

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