MCU pops it out of the park

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Grand-slamming it

Students from Millennium Development, Starrett City, were treated to a day at the movies to view the screening of “42: the Jackie Robinson Story” at Regal Cinemas in Sheepshead Bay.

Brooklyn b-ballers John Franco and Terry McFarlin visited with more than 200 teens from area youth groups to discuss Jackie’s ground-breaking career and his life as a Brooklyn Dodger. The teens had loads of questions for the baseball legends, who were happy to share their experiences both on and off the diamond.

Franco and McFarlin hail from Southern Brooklyn, and discussed their stories of growing up in the borough while overcoming personal challenges to achieve their professional and personal triumphs.

“Stay focused on your goals,” Franco encouraged the teens.

McFarlin had more sage advice for them.

“The more you put into something, the more you will get out of it,” he said.

Mike Mattone, assistant veep of corporate communications at MCU, told Standing O the trip was more than just a show and tell.

“We felt that this was a great opportunity to show these students real-life examples of individuals who, not far from where they live, defied the odds and achieved great things, thanks to dedication and determinat­ion,” Mattone said. “Hopefully they will take the advice given today and the story of Jackie Robinson, and use it as motivation to achieve great things in their lives.”

MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street in Coney Island, (718) 449–8497].

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Posted 12:00 am, May 9, 2013
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