ATLANTA -- Braves pitchers Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters, together with infielder Brooks Conrad, led a skills clinic for the Junior Braves on Tuesday morning.
Held at the Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls club in Decatur, Ga., 100 kids participated as Kimbrel taught fielding, Venters taught pitching and Conrad taught hitting.
"It was fun. For a lot of the kids, it was their first time," Kimbrel said. "You could tell they hadn't played a lot. But we just interacted with them. I think they enjoyed that more than the baseball stuff itself."
In addition to baseball activities, the trio touched on subjects including teamwork, leadership and respect. The Junior Braves/RBI Youth Baseball League is an outreach program designed to increase minority youth participation in baseball, while developing self-esteem, teamwork and academic achievement.
Teams are formed in underserved neighborhoods where recreation programs are most needed.