(Yankee Stadium – Photo by Jason Schott)
The Yankees and Major League Baseball, in partnership with the New York Emperors Stickball League (NYESL) and the 161st Street Business Improvement District, will host a ‘PLAY BALL: Stickball’ event on Saturday, September 23rd in the Bronx, N.Y.
The event will take place on River Avenue between 158th Street and 161st Street from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET
The event, which is in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, will be held in the streets just outside of Yankee Stadium and feature youth participants from the New York Emperors Stickball League and other local youth organizations.
Approximately 60 kids will run through stickball-centered stations, including bat-wrapping, agilities, grounders, an instructional Stickball game and more. Additionally, each participant will receive a bat & ball set, PLAY BALL-branded t-shirts and wristbands to take home.
Stickball, a modified game of baseball played with a broomstick and rubber ball, is a popular game within the Latino community in the Northeast region of the United States.
The event was organized by Tony Reagins – Senior Vice President, Youth Programs, Major League Baseball; Brian Smith – Senior Vice President, Corporate and Community Relations, New York Yankees; and Jennifer Lippold – New York Emperors Stickball League.