August 2012

September is Georgia SHAPE Month

The Braves are teaming up with Governor Nathan Deal, the Atlanta Falcons, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the Georgia Department of Education to promote fitness among Georgia’s youth through Georgia SHAPE.

During the 2011-2012 school year more than 500,000 elementary, middle and high school students throughout Georgia participated in the SHAPE FITNESSGRAM to measure levels of fitness including aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition.

This September has been proclaimed Georgia SHAPE month by Governor Nathan Deal and at the end of the month, the Braves will honor physical education teachers from schools that successfully completed the fitness assessments. Each school will receive an award package that includes a SHAPE banner, parking sign, and a Good Sports equipment package.

Visit the Georgia SHAPE website at www.georgiashape.org to learn more about the initiative, find healthy recipes and locate fitness opportunities in your community.

Atlanta Braves Host Youth Baseball Clinic and Summit during Civil Rights Game Weekend

In conjunction with Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Game, on August 18 the Braves hosted the Braves Youth Baseball Clinic and Summit presented by Kia and MasterCard at Turner Field.

Held in partnership with L.E.A.D. (Launch, Expose, Advise, Direct), an Atlanta-based nonprofit whose mission is to provide at-risk, inner-city youth with access to higher education and civic engagement through baseball, the free event provided the 300 youth in attendance with the opportunity to gain exposure to the sport of baseball.

During the event, the youth honed their hitting, pitching and fielding skills in fun and creative drills facilitated by L.E.A.D. Ambassadors and volunteers. Braves alumni Otis Nixon, Rick Camp, Charlie Liebrandt and Greg McMichael were also on hand to provide guidance during the activities.

After the clinic, participants were treated to lunch and participated in a summit. Guest speakers included:

Othello Nelson Renfroe, Jr. – Son of Othello Nelson “Chico” Renfroe, a member of the1938 Atlanta Black Crackers team that captured the second half championship of the Negro American League

Jasha Balcom – Dublin High School baseball stand-out turned actor who has a cameo as baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the movie “42”

Tim Sims – Minister and baseball letterman from Jackson High School in Jackson, Georgia who has a passion for youth and motivates them to pursue their dreams

Leron Rogers – Entertainment and sports attorney with experience representing high-profile celebrities in their professional and business ventures as well as corporations that conduct business in the entertainment and sports industries. 

Ronnie Richardson – Atlanta Braves Director of Minor League Operations

The summit speakers shared their life experience and spoke about the impact that the Civil Rights Movement had on their lives and how it helped inspire their success.

Click Here to see photos from the clinic courtesy of Phil Brooks, Quike Photography.

Braves Host 4th Annual Youth Baseball Classic

The Atlanta Braves hosted the 4th Annual Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic presented by Bank of America on August 3-5. Forty teams ages 5 -12 competed in the exciting pool play style tournament held at the Atlanta Braves Baseball Academy at the Villages at Carver Family YMCA.

Teams were broken into four divisions including 5-6 year olds, 7-8 year olds, 9-10 year olds, and 11-12 year olds.  Each team played a total of three games, and the division leaders faced off in a championship game on Sunday evening.

Division Champions:

5/6 Division: Acworth Blue Warriors

7/8 Division: Georgia Force

9/10 Division: Jr. Braves Red Hawks

11/12 Division: Carroll County Lions

The 5/6 and 7/8 year-old teams each selected three players to compete in a baseball skills competition.  The three events consisted of the Golden Arm Throwing Contest, the Fleet Feet Baserunning Competition, and the Home Run Derby.  Skills Competition winners were recognized in an on-field presentation prior to the Braves vs. Astros game.

Skills Competition Winners:

5/6 Golden Arm:  Landon Daniels, North Macon All-Stars, Macon, GA 

7/8 Golden Arm: John Daniel Coleman, Ball Busters, Clyo, GA

5/6 Fleet Feet: Maliki Jeffries, Black Eagles, Lawrenceville, GA

7/8 Fleet Feet: Leighton Finley, Wayne County Buzz, Jesup, GA

5/6 Home Run Derby: Steven Gregory, Rockmart Yellow Jackets, Rockmart, GA

7/8 Home Run Derby: Hunter Roney, The Wolf Pack, Jenkinsburg, GA

During the weekend, all players received a Youth Baseball Classic t-shirt and Braves giveaways, and each team had the opportunity to meet and take a photograph with Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy.  Youth Baseball Classic participants and their families attended the Saturday, August 4 Braves vs. Astros game and were invited to participate in the pre-game parade at Turner Field.  Congratulations to all 600 Youth Baseball Classic Little Leaguers!

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Braves and Publix Host a Girls Fitness Festival at Turner Field

Each year, the Atlanta Braves and Publix Super Markets team up for She Can Play, an initiative aimed at encouraging girls to make healthy choices for their minds and bodies and enhance their lives through sports and physical activity. The Atlanta Braves hosted the first She Can Play Fitness Festival presented by Publix Super Markets at Turner Field on July 31.

250 girls ranging from ages 8-12 visited Turner Field to take part in this girls only event geared towards teaching young women how to lead an active life and get involved with athletics.

Each participant was placed in a fitness group and rotated to a variety of fitness stations located around the stadium. Fitness stations included double dutch, dancing and aerobics, cardio and agility drills, light weight lifting, and teeing off inside the Braves batting cage. Once the activities concluded, the group was addressed by Ervin Watson of the Georgia School Nutrition Association about the importance of creating good eating habits. Candice Dixon of the Women’s Sports Foundation/GoGirlGo! also led a discussion on a creating positive body image among young women.

All participants received a free t-shirt, healthy lunch, and two complimentary tickets to the Braves vs. Marlins game as well as invaluable information about getting involved in sports and leading a healthy and active life.

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