press release

March 19, 2015

GIANT FOOD AND RIPKEN BASEBALL HOST 2nd ANNUAL “GET OUT & PLAY” CLINICS THROUGHOUT THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION

Free clinics combine baseball fundamentals and nutritional programming for youth and their families

Landover, Md. (March 19, 2015) – Giant Food, LLC and Ripken Baseball are again collaborating to host a series of health and fitness clinics throughout the Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. regions. The Second Annual “Get Out and Play” clinics will combine baseball instruction with nutritional programming to create a fun and informative program for youth and their families. The free clinics begin Monday, April 27 and run through Wednesday, June 3.

“We are thrilled to have Giant Food returning as a partner to help host youth baseball clinics throughout the Mid- Atlantic region,” said Colin Clark, Vice President of Brand Marketing for Ripken Baseball. “These clinics serve as a great opportunity to provide our youth with the fundamentals of baseball and the value of healthy eating and staying active, the Ripken Way.”

Throughout the communities it serves, Giant Food is committed to being a better neighbor. This includes supporting the health and wellness of local children and families. Giant Food’s “Get Out and Play” clinics encourage children to have fun while being active and learning critical life lessons. The clinics will feature four instructional baseball stations, as well as educational programming focused on healthy eating habits and maintaining a balanced diet.

“The health of our children is key to our future and has been a focus of Giant’s support for more than 79 years,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “We are proud to partner with Ripken Baseball for a second year to host these fun and educational clinics in a combined effort to encourage active lifestyles for the region’s youth.”

Ripken Baseball instructors and Giant Food will lead FREE clinics throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Clinic participation is available to the first 150 children per site, ages 7-12, who register online at www.GiantFoodBaseballClinics.com. Dates and locations include, but not limited to:

  • April 27 – Boyds, Md.
  • May 6 – Catharpin, Va.
  • May 8 – Elsmere, Del.
  • May 11 – Severna Park, Md.
  • May 14 – Clinton, Md.
  • May 20 – Washington, D.C.
  • June 2 – Bowie, Md.
  • June 3 – Landover, Md.

Ripken Baseball’s mission is to inspire athletes through remarkable experiences and prepare them for life beyond the diamond through The Ripken Way. Throughout the year, Ripken Baseball offers youth camps and clinics featuring baseball instruction from well-trained and highly qualified Ripken Baseball staff.

Giant believes it has the responsibility as a grocery retailer to make a difference in the lives of its shoppers and their families. One of its goals is to encourage shoppers to live a healthier lifestyle. Giant offers a variety of health and wellness programs to its customers, including Kid Healthy Ideas stores, Kid Healthy Ideas magazine, Healthy Ideas shelf tag program, and Passport to Nutrition.

About Ripken Baseball

Ripken Baseball is a sports entertainment company based in Baltimore, Md. that represents the business interests of Cal Ripken, Jr. and Bill Ripken. Established in 2001, the mission of Ripken Baseball is to inspire through remarkable experiences. Ripken Baseball currently owns and operates multiple Minor League Baseball teams and plays host to numerous youth tournaments, camps and clinics at The Ripken Experience Aberdeen powered by Under Armour baseball complex in Maryland, The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, and recently broke ground on The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge in Tennessee.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.

Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 168 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 168 stores are 159 full- service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 79 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2014, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $14.9 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide more than 88 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

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CONTACT:

Katy Ford
Maroon PR/Ripken Baseball
443-864-4246
[email protected]

Guy Rudiger
Maroon PR/Ripken Baseball
443-864-4246
[email protected]

Jamie Miller
Giant Food
301-341-8776
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