SF Mayor Ed Lee encourages kids' baseball program

September 2, 2011 5:35:24 PM PDT
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee put on a baseball glove to make a pitch for the next generation of student-athletes.

The mayor threw the first pitch at a park near Bessie Carmichael School in the South of Market area. It was to highlight San Francisco RBI. A program that teaching kids baseball skills, but is also aimed at increasing reading levels among inner city kids.

"We want to create good student athletes. We want to create well balanced children. Our primary focus is around education, but we believe that sports teaches teamwork, commitment, dedication, focus and a variety of different things," said Jim Messemer, the San Francisco RBI executive director.

The boys' baseball team at Bessie Carmichael School got a huge surprise just months after being formed. They went to Arizona for baseball's all-star game weekend and got to play teams from other cities.


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