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Citi Cardholders Get a Shot at Sports Stardom

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Citi Cardholders Get a Shot at Sports Stardom

This summer, Citi cardholders and their kids have a chance to attend a baseball camp with Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz, play tennis with the Bryan Brothers, caddie for golfers Carl Pettersson and Robert Garrigus, or get basketball coaching from the legendary John Calipari, University of Kentucky head basketball coach.

The Private Pass program from Citi is open to all Citi cardholders with a Citi American Express, MasterCard or Visa, and lets customers buy exclusive event tickets available only to Citi card holders. It also gives Citi customers the chance to purchase special VIP access, preferred seating, and presale tickets. Events include concerts, sporting events, and more – like these sports camps for kids and adults.

Major League Opportunities

Girls and boys ages 6-14 can register for the David Ortiz Baseball Clinic in West Roxbury, Massachusetts on August 6th, where they will get baseball instruction from the pros, plus the opportunity to meet David Ortiz of the Red Sox and get an autographed baseball. Tickets are just $125 for Citi card holders, and baseball-loving kids will likely never forget their chance to hit a ball with a major league player.

Says David Ortiz, “I’m excited to partner with Citi Private Pass to create a unique baseball training experience for families in Boston this summer. From practicing, hitting and fielding, I hope it will be an experience they remember as long as they play.”

The July camp with Cal Ripken, Jr. is already sold out, but lucky kids whose parents are Citi card members will spend the day pitching with Cal and Bill Ripken at Camden Yards, having a private lunch with them, and attending an Orioles game.

“Our camps allow kids to learn the game at a wonderful facility while having a great time. We really want kids to love the game and keeping it fun is an important part of our teaching philosophy,” Ripken Jr. said. “We are confident that the Citi customers who have their kids attend the camps will learn terrific fundamentals, meet new friends and enjoy themselves.”

Hooping it Up

For kids who are more interested in basketball hoops than pitchers’ mounds, the John Calipari Instructional Basketball ProCamp runs August 1-4 and gives kids ages 7-18 the chance to brush up their basketball skills with the help of the legendary University of Kentucky coach.

Coach Calipari said, “I’m thrilled to share the excitement and passion I have for basketball with fans. For Citi customers that share my love for the game and have always wanted to experience basketball at a high-level, this camp is a unique weekend of championship-level fun here in Kentucky.”

There are only 25 spots in each of two camps, and those lucky enough to score a ticket will get a camp T-shirt, an autographed photo of Coach Calipari, and the chance to compete in contests and win prizes. The camps will feature players Anthony Davis, Doron Lamb, Darius Miller, Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Maquis Teague, and Eloy Vargas.

Tickets are $199 and space is limited.

Coming Soon

Also this summer, more great Citi Private Pass sporting events include World Team Tennis with identical tennis twins Bob and Mike Bryan and “Caddie for a Pro” – in which a lucky golf fan gets to be a caddie for a pro golfer ($250 a ticket). That VIP caddie experience is a little pricier than the camps for kids, though  – tickets run about $7,000 for that one.

Whichever sporting event is your passion, having a Citi card can give you up-close access to your idols. “Whether our customers want their kids to get coached by champs or to play alongside the pros, we’re giving them more ways to enjoy the game,”says Ralph Andretta, Head of Co-Brands and Loyalty at Citi Cards. “Citi Private Pass delivers exclusive experiences and access to the heroes of sports.”

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