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Mota to serve as guest coach for high school baseball teams
04/16/2007 8:35 PM ET
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers will continue their commitment to the community this season through several programs created by Dodger players and coaches. All uniformed personnel will give back through various initiatives, while 11 have created their own. Coach Manny Mota's Baseball Academy is the first of these personal programs that will begin on Tuesday, April 17.

Manny's Baseball Academy is a season-long initiative where he will visit high schools in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. The first three schools Mota will coach at are Los Angeles area high-schools: Belmont, Cathedral and Franklin. The longtime Dodger will guest coach both junior varsity and varsity baseball teams at each high school he visits. Coaching sessions will include training in fielding, batting and running. Mota's expertise will help improve high school baseball programs and his hands-on training will help students become better ballplayers.

"This is a great opportunity to spend some time with young people in the community while representing the Dodger organization," said Mota. "We want them to feel like they are a part of the Dodger family because they are and I'm very proud to help start this program."

Both Belmont and Cathedral high school's sessions will be held at Dodger Dream Fields. Manny's Baseball Academy events are solely for students in these high school baseball programs. Dates and information for Manny's Baseball Academy are as follows:

• Tuesday, April 17, 3-5 p.m., Belmont High School at Dodger Dream Field Montecito Heights, 4545 Homer St., Los Angeles.

• Thursday, April 19, 3-5 p.m., Cathedral High School at Dodger Dream Field Bishop Canyon, 929 Academy Road, Los Angeles.

• Friday, April 27, 3-5 p.m., Franklin High School on campus, 820 North Avenue 54, Los Angeles

Each year the Dodgers donate more than 100,000 tickets and assist more than 3,500 local youth organizations. Last season, the Dodgers Dream Foundation affected an estimated 250,000 local youth through its various programs. This season, personal programs will include projects created by Dodgers Marlon Anderson, Rafael Furcal, Nomar Garciaparra, Luis Gonzalez, Derek Lowe, Russell Martin, Juan Pierre, Jason Repko, Jason Schmidt and Randy Wolf.

Please contact the Dodgers' Public Relations Department at (323) 224-1301 or the Dodgers' Community Affairs Department at (323) 224-1435 for additional information.

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