Levin hits a home run as Yankees star is set to visit
Plans are in full swing for Horowhenua to welcome a baseball star who's in town to pitch in with a training session.
New York Yankees player Didi Gregorius will hold the session in Levin on Sunday.
After hitting the big city life in Christchurch on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 26-year-old shortstop will be teaching children sports techniques at Playford Park.
Levin Hustle Baseball Club programme co-ordinator Hendrix Warren said it was a big deal to have Gregorius teach players some new skills.
"It's a pretty big thing. The Yankees sport brand is one of the most common brands in the world.
"[Gregorius] is a known player and a bit of a star."
Warren organised the visit with help from Baseball New Zealand, which was hosting the trip.
"It does make me smile a bit when you read that he's in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Levin stands out.
"It's probably as little bit of a nod of recognition," he said.
The Levin club, which started in October 2016, has a junior under 13 mixed team, with two girls.
Next season, it was hoped an under 16 team would be up and running, Warren said.
The training session will be open to anyone interested in softball or baseball who wants to learn from the best, Warren said.
"It's just a standard training session. It just happens to be by a New York Yankee."
Baseball was a growing sport in New Zealand, and was becoming popular in Wellington and smaller centres such as Levin, Warren said.
Horowhenua District Council acting chief executive Monique Davison said officers were looking forward to having Didi Gregorius visit the district and share his knowledge.
"We are very excited to have him here."
The training session will tee-off on Sunday at 1pm.