READING, PA- Local coaches and players held a softball clinic behind Lauer’s Park Elementary School.

About 10 girls attended the clinic on Tuesday; it was the first in the area to be put on by Olivet Boys & Girls Clubs.

Umpire and coach Todd Becker said the clinic was aimed at increasing community exposure to the City of Reading RBI Program and to softball in general.

RBI, an acronym for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, is a national program created by Major League Baseball and designed specifically for inner city youth.

Becker said he expects the organization to continue growing in Reading.

RBI is the main softball program for students in many of Reading’s schools.

Reading RBI coordinator Carlos Belilla said he hopes the softball clinic will become an annual tradition, and several of the athletes participating in the clinic echoed this hope.

The clinic featured appearances from athletes at the high school, college and national levels, including Duane Weiler, a member of Team USA’s national fast-pitch team.

After helping participants practice their softball skills, the athletes signed autographs and posed for photos.

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