San Gabriel Valley youth baseball players are invited to the inaugural San Gabriel Valley "Get To College" Free Baseball Clinic.
The clinic will take place at Mt. Sac on December 26th from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
The brainchild of current St. Mary's head coach Eric Valenzuela, the free clinic is an opportunity for youth ballplayers - both boys and girls - to receive instruction from collegiate coaches, along with some of the areas most respected coaches, and have a good time doing it.
"This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time," said Valenzuelza who led the Gaels to the NCAA tournament last year in just his third season as the head coach at St. Mary's. "Giving back to my community is very important to me. I absolutely love where I come from and have been wanting to give back to the SGV community for years."
Valenzuela, a Bishop Amat alum, is not the only former player from the San Gabriel Valley that will be serving as instructor at the clinic. Sergio Brown, a Mountain View HS alum and current assistant coach at the University of Arizona, and Gabe Alvarez, a Bishop Amat alum and current assistant coach at the University of Southern California are also serving as host coaches for the clinic.
"Gabe, Sergio, and I are the only Division I coaches from the San Gabriel Valley." said Valenzuela. "Our vision is to give back as well as let kids from the SGV know that going to college can happen."
While the focus of the clinic is baseball, there will be giveaways, prizes, and an autograph session with other former SGV area players. The hope for Valenzuela, Brown, and Alvarez is that the clinic allows kids from the area to realize that baseball can be a tool to reach their dreams and goals.
"I am hoping we can reach some of these kids and help them better their lives in some way," said Alvarez who currently serves as the recruiting coordinator at USC. "The SGV is very special to Eric, Sergio and myself and we want to do our part in making it better."
The San Gabriel Valley has long been a hotbed of baseball talent in Southern California. The region annually produces top collegiate and professional prospects, many of whom have gone on to have successful baseball careers. The talent rich area is a very tight knit community and baseball produces a great sense of pride in the area.
"My love of baseball was established at South El Monte Little League and Mountain View High School," said Brown who serves as recruiting coordinator at the University of Arizona. "I'm only reciprocating what I owe my community for what it's helped me become."
The sense of pride in their community is evident with the three coaches behind this clinic.