Brad Francis Chevrolet goes to bat for Belen Little League

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Brad Francis Chevrolet is partnering with the Belen Little League by joining forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program.

The program will provide Belen Little League with new equipment, a monetary contribution, invitations to free instructional clinics and an opportunity for community members to enter the free Chevrolet vehicle sweepstakes.

"Youth baseball provides positive and productive life lessons for young people across America, and the Chevrolet Youth Baseball program is an extension of Chevrolet's commitment to baseball, community and families. Brad Francis Chevrolet is bringing that same dedication to youth baseball," said Brad Francis, of Brad Francis Chevrolet.

"There is nothing more American than Chevrolet and baseball and Brad Francis Chevrolet wants to combine America's favorite brand and favorite pastime together for our families in Los Lunas and Belen to enjoy," added Francis.

This year marks Chevrolet's Youth Baseball program's eighth year.

Since its introduction, the program has helped aid local teams, affecting more than three million young people in communities where Chevrolet's customers live, work and play. 

In 2012, about 1,600 Chevrolet dealers participated across the country.

Brad Francis Chevrolet will present the Belen Little League with equipment kits, including items such as equipment bags, baseball buckets, practice hitting nets, umpire ball bags, batting tees and Chevrolet Youth Baseball T-shirts.

The sponsorship also includes youth clinics featuring current and former MLB/MiLB players and coaches and instructors from Ripken Baseball.

In addition, Brad Francis Chevrolet will present a check representing a one-time monetary contribution to Belen Little League. 

Sponsored leagues across the country will each receive 2,000 free sweepstakes entry forms to distribute within the community. 

At the end of the entry period, five winners – one from each region – will win their choice between a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu or Chevrolet Traverse. Each participating market will award a secondary prize.

In addition to its commitment to youth baseball, Chevrolet also is the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball.

"Chevrolet vehicles are designed and built for families, so we hope young people and their parents will consider a Chevrolet as an official vehicle of their household," said Brad Francis.

(For more information about Chevrolet Youth Baseball, please visit www.youthsportswired.com.)