July 15, 2013
By Mark Brighton
Major League Baseball's All-Star game is coming to New York City on Tuesday night, but for some military families the festivities already started. Bank of America and the MLB recently reached out to the local USO in an effort to host an event for military children in the days leading up to the much anticipated game, MLB.com reports.
The weekend event was held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center as part of the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, and gave children from 20 military families the chance to play T-ball. This marked the second-straight year where Bank of America hosted a T-ball game for the youngest members of the military community. Last year's was in Kansas City, where the All-Star Game was played. Connie Verducci, Bank of America's market manager, said it's important to recognize children of military personnel.
"Well, you think about the sacrifices that these kids make," she said. "Say their parent is out serving this country, so we wanted it to be something to make these kids feel good and to make them understand that - although, rightfully, so their parents are always recognized - this is a day to give back to the kids."
MLB has a long history of supporting veterans and active duty troops. In fact, earlier this year the league donated $10 million to the charity Welcome Back Veterans