press release

April 9, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Miller
April 8, 2014
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Ripken Baseball and Giant Food Partner to Host "Get Out & Play" Clinics Throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region

Free clinics include baseball instruction and nutritional programming for youth and their families

Landover, Md. (April 9, 2014) –Ripken Baseball and Giant Food have partnered to host a series of health & fitness clinics throughout the Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. regions. The “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, May 5 and run through Friday, June 6.

“We are excited to open the 2014 baseball season by partnering with Giant Food to host youth baseball clinics throughout the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Colin Clark, Vice President of Brand Marketing for Ripken Baseball. “We look forward to not only providing kids with the fundamentals of baseball, but also sharing the importance 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.

“Throughout Giant’s 78-year history, our company has been dedicated to building healthy communities and improving the lives of children. We are proud to partner with Ripken Baseball to offer these unique and dynamic clinics,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “This program combines the health and nutrition resources of the Nation’s Capital Grocer with the excitement of our nation’s pastime, making it a home run.”

The Ripken Baseball staff and Giant Food will lead 10 FREE clinics throughout the 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:

  • May 5 – Newark, Del.
  • May 6 – Annapolis, Md.
  • May 7 – Boyds, Md.
  • May 8 – Prince William County, Va.
  • May 14 – Washington, D.C.
  • May 15 – Prince George’s County, Md.
  • May 20 – Herndon, Va.
  • June 3 – Baltimore, Md.
  • June 5 – Aberdeen, Md.
  • June 6 – Manassas, Va.

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, Inc.

Ripken Baseball, Inc. 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 athletes through remarkable experiences and prepare them for life beyond the diamond through The Ripken Way. Ripken Baseball currently owns and operates multiple Minor League Baseball teams and hosts numerous youth tournaments, camps and clinics at The Ripken Experience baseball complexes in Aberdeen, Maryland and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

About Giant Food

Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 170 stores are 156 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 77 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2012, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $12 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 55.2 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com.