Prince Harry tours Sandy-damaged Jersey Shore with Gov. Chris Christie

Prince Harry, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris

Prince Harry, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visit areas affected by Superstorm Sandy on the fifth day of his visit to the United States in Seaside Heights, N.J. (May 14, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - Prince Harry indulged in America's pastime Tuesday, joining children in East Harlem for a charity baseball game on a rare visit to New York City.

Harry, 28, tossed around a baseball and even went up to bat during a game to promote HarlemRBI, a youth-development nonprofit. The prince and the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched a partnership with HarlemRBI to support its Project Coach mentoring program for teens.

Harry took batting practice with Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and made contact on all three pitches he saw.

"He's a great athlete. I just said keep your eye on the ball," Teixeira said afterward.

Brigette Chessa, an East Harlem resident who waited to see Harry's arrival to the baseball diamond, said, "We still love his mom," referring to the late Princess Diana.

The event was part of Harry's six-day U.S. trip, which included stops in Washington, D.C., and Colorado to meet with injured veterans.

The British royal also toured superstorm Sandy-damaged areas of New Jersey Tuesday with Gov. Chris Christie and promoted U.K. trade and tourism with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Chelsea.

In Seaside Heights in New Jersey, the prince came within sight of the surf-washed Jet Star roller coaster, which became a defining image of the October storm when it blew off an amusement pier into the Atlantic Ocean. A crane later began tearing the ride apart. Harry also greeted construction workers who have been working on rebuilding Seaside Heights' boardwalk, now about two-thirds complete.

With AP

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