NYC Mayor's Cup Baseball All-Star Game to Take Place at MCU Park in Coney Island on June 17

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NYC MAYOR’S CUP BASEBALL ALL-STAR GAME TO TAKE PLACE AT MCU PARK IN CONEY ISLAND ON FRIDAY, JUNE 17

—Public Schools Athletic League and Catholic High School Athletic Association All-Stars Will Compete for Title of “Best in the City”—

New York City (June 15, 2011) — NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, today announced that the NYC Mayor’s Cup Baseball All-Star Game will be held on Friday, June 17, at MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. The NYC Mayor’s Cup Baseball All-Star Game brings some of the best players from the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) and the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) to the same field, competing to be named “Best in the City.” The game also features a hitting competition with five athletes from each of the leagues beginning at 5pm, followed by the first pitch and national anthem at 7pm.

“Baseball is one of the most widely played and watched sports in the five boroughs,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company. “We encourage all the baseball fans in New York City to go to MCU Park and support our student athletes as they compete for the title of ‘Best in the City.’”

The NYC Mayor’s Cup series offers New York City’s best student athletes a chance to compete against players from different leagues that they normally wouldn’t get to play against during the regular season. Coaches from each league nominated 25 top players to play in Friday’s game. This year’s game will showcase players who were selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft as well as numerous players who will play for top Division I baseball programs.

“I have so many great memories associated with baseball in New York City, from my time with both the Yankees and the Mets to afternoons playing for St. Francis Prep,” said Joe Torre, executive vice president for baseball operations at Major League Baseball and former manager for the Yankees and Mets. “The NYC Mayor’s Cup Baseball All-Star Game would certainly have been one of those special memories, especially if we had beaten the best players from the PSAL.”

“I really enjoyed my time representing the PSAL while playing at Samuel J. Tilden High School, but I wish an all-star game like the NYC Mayor’s Cup existed then,” said Willie Randolph, bench coach for the Baltimore Orioles and former Yankees second baseman and Mets manager. “To be officially recognized as the ‘Best in the City’ would have been an honor, not to mention having bragging rights over the guys from the CHSAA.”

This year the NYC Mayor’s Cup series has been expanded to include four new sports: basketball, cricket, softball and soccer. In total the series encompasses 13 sports throughout the year, drawing more than 10,000 participants.

For more information on all the NYC Mayor’s Cup events, please visit nycmayorscup.com.

About the NYC Mayor’s Cup:
The NYC Mayor’s Cup series, which encompasses a variety of sports events throughout the year, is produced by NYC & Company, the City’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization. The series brings together student athletes from public, Catholic and independent schools to compete for the title of “Best in the City.”

About NYC & Company:
NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For more information, visit nycgo.com.

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Contact: Tiffany Townsend/NYC & Company 212.484.1270