Newport News mayor to host 6th Annual Play Ball event, including mobile vaccine clinic

Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News is once again hosting its annual baseball event; however, this year’s event also features a mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

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“After a year of virtual events and activities, I’m looking forward to seeing Newport News young people and families on the baseball diamond,” said Mayor McKinley L. Price, DDS.  “I played baseball growing up, and it helped teach me the value of working with others, the significance of perseverance, and the power of leadership.  We want young people in Newport News to leave our event understanding the importance of community, teamwork and sportsmanship.”

The event, in partnership with Major League Baseball and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, is set for August 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at TowneBank Athletic Park.

Registration for the event is not required. Children of all ages are invited to participate in baseball games and sporting activities while also enjoying free chips and hot dogs.

The event is highlighted by a baseball game where city officials face off against youth participants.

Event organizers say the event will also feature Hampton University’s mobile COVID vaccine clinic. They will be offering either the first or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments are available and walk-ups will be accepted.

“The emergence of the Delta variant and the sharp rise of COVID cases in Newport News and the Commonwealth makes getting the vaccine more important and urgent than ever,” said Mayor Price. “We must continue to fight COVID-19, and the best way to do this is by getting a vaccine.  I hope young people and families attending Play Ball will roll up their sleeves and get the vaccine.” 

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