ALEXANDRIA, Minn. – Over 140 kids of all ages gathered at Knute Nelson Field in Alexandria on Saturday, June 1st for the Play Ball! Minnesota free youth baseball clinic hosted by Lakes Area Recreation and Runestone Electric Association.

The Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics are available to participants and communities free of charge; funding is provided by the Twins Community Fund and Runestone Electric Association’s power supplier, Great River Energy.

“We are proud to bring Play Ball! Minnesota to Alexandria and were thrilled to see so many kids from around the area participate in the clinic!” said REA CEO Kristin Dolan. “Helping to make this family activity available is one way we support the communities we serve."

Created in 1961 by longtime Twins scout Angelo Giuliani, the clinic program serves to promote baseball and softball to boys and girls throughout the region. Since the beginning of the program, more than 800,000 youth have participated in a Twins youth clinic.

“Generations of young Twins fans have honed their baseball skills at our free clinics for more than 55 years,” said Bryan Donaldson, Executive Director, Twins Community Fund. “We are proud to continue the tradition of bringing Twins baseball instruction to the ball fields of communities throughout Twins Territory.”

Play Ball! Minnesota is an initiative of the Minnesota Twins Community Fund. In collaboration with Minnesota youth baseball and softball organizations, Play Ball! Minnesota was organized to promote and improve the games of baseball and softball in the Upper Midwest.

Governed by a public board of directors, the Twins Community Fund was chartered as an independent public charity in 1991 with the mission to enrich local and regional communities by providing resources for the healthy development of children and families through an association with baseball, softball and the Minnesota Twins. The Twins Community Fund and its grant programs are supported in part by Target, US Bank, Treasure Island, and Delta Airlines.

Great River Energy, Runestone Electric Association’s power supplier, is a not-for-profit cooperative that provides wholesale electric service to 28 distribution cooperatives in Minnesota. Those member cooperatives distribute electricity to approximately 700,000 member-consumers. With $4 billion in assets, Great River Energy is the second largest electric power supplier in Minnesota and one of the largest generation and transmission cooperatives in the nation. Learn more at greatriverenergy.com.

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