For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Brian Spector


“Play Ball” Summer Event was the Ultimate Grand Slam

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Pembroke Pines, FL(July 15, 2019) An enjoyable time, featuring music, games, a dunk tank, rides, food, giveaways and special guests, was had by all the children at this year’s Mayor’s Play Ball Summer event hosted by the City of Pembroke Pines Recreational and Cultural Arts Department and Mayor Frank C. Ortis, in conjunction with the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Major League Baseball.  The event took place on Friday, July 12, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Flamingo Park located at 1900 NW 122nd Terrace in Pembroke Pines.
Former Florida Marlins infielder Alex Arias, current Miami Marlins General Manager Michael Hill and the Marlins’ mascot Billy the Marlin joined in on the festivities which was held to promote youth baseball and softball.  The free Play Ball initiative event, for boys and girls ages 7-14, also featured a Pitch, Hit, and Run Competition with separate age divisions, as well as groups for both beginners and advanced players.  Hundreds of children took part to celebrate America’s greatest pastime.

On June 20, 2015, Major League Baseball and the USCM launched a new Play Ball initiative that focused on the sport of baseball and encouraged sustained involvement in the sport for years to come. Play Ball serves as a platform to connect with those who are presently taking part in the game, while also providing alternative ways for those looking to get involved, with a specific focus on youth participation.  The “Play Ball Summer” initiative focuses on the enjoyment of the game and actively promotes a healthy lifestyle for children around the country.
Now through August of 2019, with the assistance of mayors across the United States, Play Ball Events will continue to be held to help motivate communities and generate support and admiration for the games of baseball and softball. 
For the most up to date special event information, please call The City of Pembroke Pines Special Events Division at 954-392-2116 or visit
The community is encouraged to learn more about the City of Pembroke Pines’ latest events by subscribing to Pines Media on YouTube, reading the city's newspaper City Connect, checking the City’s Facebook page at, and accessing Twitter or Instagram using @cityofppines. Residents with Comcast can view Pembroke Pines Media programming on Channel 78, while residents with AT&T U-Verse can view programming on Channel 99 and click on Pembroke Pines TV.  Jpegs available for media upon request.

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