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Bulls/Sox Academy collecting baseball gloves for inner city league

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  • White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton is always ready to chip in with his glove -- and officials with the White Sox and the Bulls/Sox Academy are hoping fans will be willing to chip in with their gloves, too.

      White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton is always ready to chip in with his glove -- and officials with the White Sox and the Bulls/Sox Academy are hoping fans will be willing to chip in with their gloves, too.
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By Pete Kelly
Bulls/Sox Academy

The Bulls/Sox Academy and the Chicago White Sox are teaming up to collect new and used baseball gloves which will be given to disadvantaged Chicago youth baseball players in the Inner City Youth Baseball League.

The "Gift of Glove" donation drive already is under way and will continue through Sept. 21.

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Everyone who donates a glove will receive a voucher for 15 minutes of free hitting and a chance to meet current White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton (pending his availability). The individual who donates the most gloves at each of the three locations will win four tickets to the White Sox regular season finale on Sept. 28 against the Kansas City Royals.

In addition, each winner will have the chance to take a photograph with Eaton during pregame festivities and receive an autographed baseball bat.

Baseball gloves can be dropped off during normal business hours at any of the three Bulls/Sox Academy locations in Lisle, Glen Ellyn and LaGrange. Glove donors should check www.BullsSoxAcademy.com for directions to each training facility and glove drop-off hours.

The collection drive will support the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, an ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball, its clubs and players to increase opportunities for participation in baseball and softball. Donated gloves will go to the Inner City Youth Baseball League, which provides free, safe and structured recreational baseball programming to disadvantaged Chicago youth. The league is sponsored annually by White Sox Charities.

The Bulls/Sox Academy, located in Lisle, is owned and operated by the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox. The academy runs extensive training programs in basketball, baseball, fastpitch softball, and sports conditioning for boys and girls from beginner to professional.

For details, visit www.BullsSoxAcademy.com or call (630) 324-8221.

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