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Published Tue, Jan 22, 2013 08:00 PM
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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher will visit Raleigh Girls Club

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher and Clayton native, Chris Archer will visit The Raleigh Girls Club at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 24. He’ll be there to have some fun with newly donated sports equipment, courtesy of the national nonprofit Good Sports, which provides athletic goods to disadvantaged youth across the country.

He will team up with the national nonprofit Good Sports to provide valued at more than $58,000 of equipment and apparel, to Raleigh Boys and Girls Clubs at the Raleigh Girls Club, according to a Good Sports spokesperson. Archer will also treat more than 40 kids to a special pitching demonstration and lesson in the club’s gym.

Archer, will treat the kids to a special pitching demonstration and lesson in the club’s gym. Following the demonstration, Archer will talk to the kids about the importance of youth sports and answer questions.

The donation, will benefit all the Boys& Girls Clubs of Wake County. The Clubs provide over 4,200 youth in the community with the opportunity to participate in after-school and summertime sports activities. This equipment donation will support Healthy Lifestyles core area programming, which provides organized physical activity, league sports and active play opportunities to youth who might not otherwise have access to structured athletics.

Archer, a Major league baseball pitcher, was selected in the fifth round of the 2006 MLB draft by the Cleveland Indians after posting an 8-3 record with a 1.75 ERA during his senior season at Clayton High School. He made his major league debut for the Tampa Bay Rays June 20, and recorded his first league win Sept. 19 against the Boston Red Sox. Headed into the 2013 season, Archer rates as the Rays’ top prospect by Baseball America, according to Zanor.

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