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St. Louis Police Department Major Jerry Leyshock speaks with youth ballplayers at a Police Athletic League baseball clinic in Fox Park on July 27, 2013 (KMOX/Brad Choat)

St. Louis Police Department Major Jerry Leyshock speaks with youth ballplayers at a Police Athletic League baseball clinic in Fox Park on July 27, 2013 (KMOX/Brad Choat)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Children in the Fox Park neighborhood of south St. Louis were treated to beautiful weather and a free baseball clinic on Saturday.

Fourteen-year-old “Anthony” says learning the game is well worth the effort, “I think I could have a future if I work hard.”

He and the others were guests of the St. Louis Police Department’s Police Athletic League.

Among the volunteers helping out, Saturday, was former pro baseball player Robert Hairston, “It’s a good feeling to give back to the kids what I have learned. Hopefully they’ll grow up to be baseball players or whatever they choose to be. Baseball can take you a long way.”

Major Jerry Leyshock says the Police Athletic League serves about 800 youths in a variety of sports, “It gives youngsters in the city a chance to see police officers in a different light. Each team is volunteer-coached by police officers.”

Leyshock says PAL has track-and-field athletes competing in Detroit this weekend, and some boxers headed to suburban Kansas City for an upcoming event.

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