Chevron and the Oakland A’s teamed up to host a youth baseball clinic with local children at Richmond’s Martin Luther King Park.
The event was designed to generate excitement for education – especially science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – through baseball.
A’soutfielder Sam Fuld and third base coach Mike Gallego—along with former A’s players Vida Blue, Willie McGee and Richmond resident Shooty Babitt—coached children ages eight to 15 on the fundamentals of baseball including the STEM concepts involved in the game.
This educational and fun opportunity was hosted for 50 Richmond youth in partnership with the Richmond Police Activities League (RPAL). All children in attendance received an A’s hat, t-shirt, boxed lunch and had a chance to meet with professional athletes.
“Chevron is proud to partner with the Richmond Police Activities League and the Oakland A’s to excite our Richmond youth about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by demonstrating real world applications through the fundamentals of baseball,” said Mark Ayers, chief of emergency services, Chevron Richmond.
“Chevron Richmond is committed to helping students prepare for the increasing number of technical jobs, and believes that baseball teaches our youth teamwork and leadership skills to help them succeed.”
The baseball clinic is a component of “Science of the Game,” an educational program initiated by Chevron and the Oakland A’s that deepens interest and understanding of science among Bay Area youth through baseball.
In addition to the baseball clinic, the Science of the Game program includes other efforts to reinvigorate STEM education in the Bay Area. On Aug. 23, Chevron and the A’s will host more than 100 youth from RPAL at O.Co Coliseum for a game and will escort students through the Chevron STEM ZONE to further encourage students to study STEM subjects by showing its real-world applications.