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Irish Youth Baseball Player Coming to America
14-Year Old From County Meath Will Train in New York and Rhode Island
New York, NY – July 21, 2014 – Liam Shier loves to play baseball, just like most American kids his age, but Liam isn’t from the United States. He lives in Ireland, a country where baseball is far from the national pastime.
Liam, a 14-year old baseball player from County Meath, Ireland, will be participating in a variety of baseball camps, clinics, and games in New York and Rhode Island, from July 23-29.
Liam’s visit to America is part of the Baseball United Foundation’s Player Exchange Program, which brings talented international youth baseball players to America, to help them learn the game through advanced instruction from professionals.
The Baseball United Foundation was created by documentary filmmaker John Fitzgerald. Headquartered in New York, the Foundation raises funds to develop the sport abroad. The non-profit organization regularly sends equipment and American coaches to Ireland to hold youth baseball clinics there.
Liam, who has been playing baseball since he was 9 years old, was selected to come to America by Baseball Ireland, the governing body of amateur baseball in Ireland. Liam will be accompanied by his father, David Shier, who is also passionate about the sport.
“We think Liam will learn a lot while he’s here and the experience will be a benefit to his development as a baseball player as well as the development of baseball programs in Ireland,” explained Baseball United Foundation founder John Fitzgerald. “We hope to do more of these types of programs in the near future.”
Liam will begin his journey with two days at the Hardball NY Baseball Academy in Dobbs Ferry, NY, followed by a game with the Slocum Baseball Club in Rhode Island. Other activities include trips to Yankee Stadium, MLB Network, and a private lesson from Chicago White Sox scout John Tumminia at a minor league ballpark.
Along the way, Liam and his dad will meet local baseball fans and Irish-American supporters at a series of “meet and greet” events at nearby Irish restaurants, including Foley’s NY, across from the Empire State Building, and Rory Dolan’s Restaurant in Yonkers, NY.
After spending a week of training in America, Liam will return home to Ireland, where he plays shortstop for the Irish Youth National Team, to share the new skills he has learned.
“I’m very happy for the opportunity to improve my baseball skills in America,” explained Liam by phone from his family’s home in Ireland. “I hope to make new friends and learn some new baseball skills that I can teach to my friends and teammates here in Ireland.”
Baseball has been played in Ireland since the early 1990s. Today, over 500 youth and adult players participate in the sport, throughout Ireland. In addition, Ireland’s Youth and Adult National Teams participate in European competition.
About the Baseball United Foundation
The Baseball United Foundation is a 501c3 organization based in New York. The foundation assists teams, leagues, and players in countries where the game of baseball is relatively new. In January 2014, the foundation sent 1,000 lbs. of baseball equipment to Ireland, along with professional coaches, to conduct a series of baseball clinics for kids.
Contact: John Fitzgerald
Baseball United Foundation