A total of seven teams of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) from Massachusetts and Connecticut will play against a team of collegiate baseball players from Dominican Republic in the first series that celebrates Latino heritage and talent for sports. The series, sponsored by Nokona Sporting Goods and coordinated by local Latino leaders, former baseball players and sports entrepreneurs, was created to help promote integration of the Latino community to the American culture through sports passion.

The team of Dominican players «Dominican All Stars», organized by Dave Valdez of Valdez Academy, will travel throughout New England from July 6st to July 15th of 2008 to play a series in the following dates and locations:

DateWeekdayTimeCityParkTeam
6-Jul Sunday 6:05 PM Great Barrington, MA – Wahconah ParkPittsfield Dukes
8-Jul Tuesday 7:00 PM Torrington, CT – Fuessenich ParkTorrington Twister
10-Jul Thursday 7:00 PM Lynn, MA – Fraser FieldThe North Shore Navigators
11-Jul Friday 7:00 PM Boston, MA – Jim Rice StadiumYawkey League
13-Jul Sunday 7:00 PM Danbury, CT – Rustic Rogers ParkDanbury Westerners
14-Jul Tuesday 7:00 PM Holyoke, MA – MacKenzie StadiumHolyoke Bluesox
15-Jul Wed. 7:00 PM Lowell, MAStoklosa Alumni FieldLowell All Americans

A percentage of gross ticket revenues from events with admission ticket sale will be donated to Good Sports Foundation, a tax-exempt organization that relies solely on financial support from partners and contributors, to provide Latino youth with sports equipment, uniforms, league fees, tournament fees, or related team expenses.

With the collaboration of media partners and sports supporters we will be able to motivate and encourage attendance and break up paradigms that inhibit the Latino population from going to baseball games, the most prized sport among the largest Latino groups in New England.

For additional information please visit www.LatinoBaseballSeries.com or contact Araminta Romero at araminta@themergepoint.com.

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