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Thorman and Orr Return to Their Roots in Support of Winterball Program

OTTAWA, ON – Scott Thorman of the Atlanta Braves and fellow Canadian Major Leaguer Peter Orr of the Washington Nationals will launch the 2008 version of the nationwide Winterball Program at the Preston Public School in Cambridge, Ontario on Friday, January 18, 2008.

Thorman and Orr, both Ontario natives, will return home to share their love of baseball by delivering Winterball equipment kits and materials, teaching skills of the game and answering questions from students.

Winterball, supported by Sport Canada, Baseball Canada and Major League Baseball, is a Canadian school-based program that is now part of the physical education curriculum for schools throughout all 10 provinces.  In 2008, the program will be delivered to approximately 430 new schools across Canada reaching an estimated 80,000 students. (See Winterball fact sheet for more details)

Both Thorman and Orr will be at Preston Public School in Cambridge, Ontario between 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM local time on Friday, January 18, 2008.  Also on hand to unveil the 2008 Winterball program will be Jim Baba, Director General of Baseball Canada, Greg Hamilton, Director of National Team of Baseball Canada and John Milton, Don McKnight and Mary-Ann Smith of Baseball Ontario.

Baseball Canada invites all media to attend the event.  Please RSVP to confirm your attendance by contacting André Cormier at 613-748-5606 or by e-mail at  Media seeking comment from event dignitaries, but are unable to attend, should also contact André Cormier.