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Baseball United Foundation To Send American Baseball Coach to Ireland
Coach Eric Helmrich Will Work with Irish Little Leaguers and Irish National Baseball Team
WHITE PLAINS, NY – June 14, 2016 – The Baseball United Foundation has announced plans to send Iona Prep (New Rochelle, NY) Assistant Baseball Coach Eric Helmrich to Ireland. Helmrich will spend one week in Ashbourne, County Meath, working at an instructional clinic for Irish Little Leaguers. He will also spend time working with the Irish National Team.
“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity,” said Helmrich, who is a guidance counselor at Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers, NY. “I’ve never been to Ireland, but I have a passion for coaching baseball and I’d love to help Ireland’s baseball program in any way that I can.”
Helmrich played baseball at Iona Prep and Marist College, where he earned a B.S. in Psychology and was an All-MAAC conference selection. In addition to coaching at Iona Prep, he is a baseball coach and instructor at Hardball Training Center in Elmsford, NY.
Helmrich’s trip to Ireland is part of the Baseball United Foundation’s Baseball Exchange Program, which sends coaches overseas and brings talented players from Europe and Africa to America to play and train with top coaches.
“We brought young players over from Ireland each of the past two summers,” explained Baseball United Foundation Executive Director John Fitzgerald. “This year, we think we could make the greatest impact by sending an American coach over to Ireland. We think that Eric is a great choice to work with both the Irish National Baseball Team and Irish Little League players.”
Helmrich’s work with the Irish National Team comes at an important time for Irish baseball. Ireland will face off against four other countries at the European C-Pool Championships in Slovenia in late July. Ireland will be competing against Finland, Norway, Serbia, and host nation Slovenia.
“We’re very excited to be welcoming Coach Helmrich to Ireland this summer,” said Irish National Team Manager, Sean Mitchell. “We’re embarking on a new initiative to grow our youth membership this year and our National Team are heading into important European Championships competition. We need all the help we can get and we’re confident that Coach Helmrich will have a strong impact on our program.”
Baseball has been played in Ireland since the 1990s. The Baseball United Foundation has been working with Baseball Ireland since 2006. In recent years, the foundation has sent equipment and coaches to Dublin and Limerick to hold youth baseball clinics. The foundation also provides remote video instruction to Irish youth baseball players and is working to introduce baseball into schools in Cavan and West Clare. In addition, the foundation raised a portion of the money needed to build a new youth baseball field in Ashbourne, County Meath.
For more information, visit BaseballUnitedFoundation.org and SupportIrishBaseball.org.
About the Baseball United Foundation
The Baseball United Foundation is a 501c3 organization based in New York. The foundation works to develop and support baseball programs throughout the world. For more information on The Baseball United Foundation, please visit www.BaseballUnitedFoundation.org.
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