Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez joined Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon at the New Hazleton One Community Center on 4th and Seybert Streets in Hazleton Thursday afternoon for a news conference. The two spoke to community leaders, members of the media, and the general public about the continuing Hazleton Integration Project (HIP) that is taking place.
In March of 2013 they hope to open up the Community Center to the public. Joe Maddon spoke about having Friday night boxing events come back to Hazleton and maybe a battle of the bands competition along with many other activities.
Friday night there is a celebrity dinner and auction, Saturday they continue with the Christmas celebration at the Alice C. Wiltsie Performing Arts Center and Sunday the traditional Thanksmas meal at the Hazleton Catholic Social Services Family Center.