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Thank You to Our Foundation Weekend Supporters!

The Atlanta Braves Foundation recently hosted our largest fundraiser of the season — Foundation Weekend. This annual event is a sports memorabilia sale and silent auction. Fans are able to purchase and bid on unique autographed memorabilia including bats, baseball and jerseys, one-of-a-kind Turner Field collectibles, framed pieces, and VIP experiences.

To ensure that there was something for every fan, young and old, at all price points, raffle were held for select autographed items. To make it fun and interesting, we allowed fans to purchase enough tickets to stretch the length of their wingspan for only twenty dollars! Fans were also encouraged to take advantage of Blue Light Specials where for a 10 minute period, certain autographed items were significantly discounted.

The funds raised during the Atlanta Braves Foundation Weekend will be distributed to numerous nonprofit organizations in Metro Atlanta through the foundation grants Program. For more information on the Atlanta Braves Foundation Grants Program, please visit

Thank you to all who supported the annual Atlanta Braves Foundation Weekend!

Atlanta Braves Foundation Leadoff Luncheon

On Wednesday, April 6th, we hosted our final Leadoff Luncheon at Turner Field in the 755 Club. This exclusive event acts as one of the many fundraisers for the Atlanta Braves Foundation and allows fans and sponsors a chance to have lunch with a Braves player or coach from the Opening Day roster.

Braves Vice Chairman John Schuerholz welcomed everyone to the event, and Braves broadcasters Chip Caray, Joe Simpson, Jim Powell, and Don Sutton all facilitated round table discussions between the Braves newbies and veterans. New to the Braves, Tyler Flowers, Gordon Beckham, and Ender Inciarte sat on the Braves “Newbies” round table while Braves veteran players such as Freddie Freeman, Jason Grilli, Kelly Johnson and Jeff Franceour talked about their role in the clubhouse with the younger prospects on the Braves Veterans round table.  This portion of the program gave all participants an inside look on what to expect out of their team this season. Participants also got to hear from Braves President of Baseball Operations John Hart and Manager Fredi Gonzalez.

The luncheon included a silent auction for participants to place bids on unique Atlanta Braves autographed memorabilia.

Overall, this was a very successful fundraiser for the Braves Foundation and a great way to kick off the 2016 Braves baseball season!

Braves Foundation Awards Over $400 Thousand in Annual Grant Program

The Atlanta Braves Foundation operates as the nonprofit charitable arm of the Atlanta Braves and is committed to giving back to the community. Since 1994, the Braves Foundation has supported various Atlanta-based nonprofit organizations and has contributed more than $6 million in monetary and in-kind donations to the Braves Country community.

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We are able to raise these funds through various fundraisers throughout the season such as the 50/50 Raffle, our annual Foundation Weekend memorabilia sale, in-game and special event silent auctions, online auctions, the Atlanta Braves Foundation Golf Tournament, and the Annual Leadoff Luncheon. Braves fans, players and sponsors play a huge role in helping us make a difference in our community by supporting all of these initiatives.

At the beginning of each Braves season, we invite non-profit organizations to apply for our annual grants program to receive funding to assist in their outreach efforts. The applicants must be youth-serving organizations that support education, recreation, and health initiatives.  The process is very competitive, as there are so many great organizations in the area that are in desperate need of funding.

During the last week of the season and throughout the year, the Braves Foundation awarded more than $400,000 in grants to 48 deserving organizations. This funding will support initiatives including after-school programs, health and wellness initiatives, anti-bullying campaigns, athletic programs just to name a few. Listed below are our 2015 Atlanta Braves Foundation Grant Recipients.

  • Alive Ministries – Will use funds to purchase food and toiletries for local children and families in need.
  • Anti-Defamation League – Will support the “No Place for Hate” anti-bullying initiative in schools.
  • Arthritis Foundation- Sustain and expand the Juvenile Arthritis programs and services.
  • Atlanta Ronald McDonald House – Provide a comfortable “home away from home” for families traveling to Atlanta to receive medical attention for their children.
  • Attachment & Trauma Network – Support an interactive Therapeutic Parenting Skills Building Weekend for parents of traumatized and attachment disordered children.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta – Will support initiatives for bigs and littles including college mentoring and healthy living workshops.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta – Will integrate healthy living values into an edible landscape community garden at Anderson Boys and Girls Club.
  • Brian Jordan Back to the Future Foundation – Hosts a free baseball clinic for more than 200 disadvantaged children.
  • Bright Futures Atlanta – Integrate technology into the After School and Summer programs.
  • Camp Kudzu – Will support the diabetes management overnight summer education program.
  • Camp Sunshine – Will enrich the lives of Georgia’s children with cancer and their families through year-round support programs.
  • Center for Pan Asian Community Services – Help disadvantaged Hispanic youth receive a high school diploma or GED and obtain meaningful work.
  • Center for the Visually Impaired – Support programming specific to health and fitness education in the STARS After School Enrichment Program and STARS Summer Enrichment Camp for visually impaired students.
  • Center for Working Families – Support the development of family enrichment and healthy relationship workshops.
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Will purchase 600 bike helmets to distribute during bike safety week.
  • Christian Aid Mission Partnership – Will provide new shoes and backpacks filled with school supplies for disadvantaged youth.
  • Cobb Alcohol Task Force – Facilitate a program in Marietta city schools focusing on social issues.
  • Cobb Community Foundation – Provides diapers to families in need.
  • Cobb County Public School Educational Foundation – Focuses on college readiness by providing tutoring for SAT and ACT exams.
  • Cobb Health Future Foundation – Educates youth on media, physical activity and nutrition.
  • Cool Girls, Inc. – Funds the Cool Fitness Program which supports the after school program, summer fitness initiative and Saturday field trips.
  • CURE Childhood Cancer – Provides family meals at Aflac Cancer Center.
  • East Lake Foundation – Fund educational materials for RISE after school program at Drew Charter School.
  • Georgia Avenue Community Ministry – Will feed low-income families.
  • Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation – Will fund programming which provides memorable vacations for families dealing with cancer.
  • Just Us Girls – Increases educational support for girls including SAT and ACT prep and etiquette classes.
  • E.A.D. – Supports the organization’s year-round baseball and life skills development program.
  • La Amistad, Inc. – Provides flash cards and books for students to utilize during the school year and summer.
  • Latin American Association – Will support the health and wellness component of the Latino Youth Leadership Academy.
  • Lekotek of Georgia – Will provide children with limited mobility, access into the world of play using only eye movement.
  • Lutheran Services of Georgia – Will support the week-long day camp experiences for refugee children impacted by trauma.
  • Marietta Police Athletic League – Will fund the PAL EXCEL program designed to tackle the problems of childhood obesity and access to sports and recreation for low income families.
  • Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School Athletic Boosters – will provide an indoor retractable batting cage system, a baseball L-screen, and batting tees for baseball and softball athletes.
  • MUST Ministries – Will provide toys and essential winter items and school supplies during the holiday season for youth and families in Cobb and Cherokee counties.
  • Piedmont Healthcare – Will support a low income family nutrition education program.
  • Rally Foundation – the Family Emergency Fund will offers financial relief to families that have a child actively undergoing cancer treatment.
  • Reach Out and Read – Children’s books will be provided in pediatric waiting rooms to encourage literacy.
  • Reconnecting Families – will supply furniture, clothing, camps for children, and other basic household needs for disadvantaged families.
  • Ser Familia – will fund the Strengthening Families program which focuses on parenting skills, children`s life skills and family skills.
  • Special Olympics Georgia – Will help offset costs for youth to attend the Special Olympic Georgia State games.
  • The Center for Children and Young Adults – Will provide dining tables and chairs for a youth shelter.
  • The US Fund for UNICEF – will support the UNICEF Kid Power by engaging kids in the U.S. to help kids around the world by getting active and ultimately providing food for malnourished children.
  • Tomorrow’s Champions – will provide opportunities for girls and to learn the fundamentals of softball and life skills.
  • True Colors Theatre Company- will provide free in-school theatre arts workshops for high school students.
  • Villages at Carver YMCA – Will use funds to support the youth baseball initiatives at the Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Academy.
  • YWCA of NW Georgia – funds will support summer programming for the children in YWCA’s domestic violence shelter and transitional housing.
  • Youth Empowering Through Leading, Learning, and Serving – the grant will cover the YELLS Community Action Cafe, Afterschool Program, and Summer Programs for youth.
  • YWCA of Greater Atlanta – the funds will provide new materials for the Early Learning Academy.

As you can see, these organizations offer wonderful programs that will benefit a lot deserving young Braves fans. We are proud to be a part of making an impact in the lives of so many people. Congratulations to all of our 2015 Braves Foundation Grantees!

Jerseys Off Our Back Online Auction

On Saturday, June 14, the Atlanta Braves Foundation hosted the winners of our annual Jerseys Off Our Backs Online Auction. This once in a lifetime experience gives fans an opportunity to win their favorite player’s jersey, RIGHT OFF THEIR BACK! The winners of each game-worn autographed jersey also received two tickets to the game on June 14th and the chance to take part in a post-game ceremony to receive their jersey. The auction was live online at from May 12th through June 4th and boy did the bidding war get pretty intense. Some jerseys sold for several thousand dollars!

After a long, hard fought 12-inning game by the home team, auction winners finally experienced the moment they had been waiting for all night. As each player came off the field, they signed their jerseys and the winners were brought onto the field for the post-game ceremony. Winners were presented with their game-worn autographed jerseys by Braves 3rd baseman Chris Johnson and also got to pose for a photo!

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The auction was extremly special to the winner of the Johnson jersey who anxiously waited to meet him after the lengthy night. At the moment of the presentation, the winner approached Johnson with a smile on his face, shook his hand, received his jersey and expressed his excitement to the player. The evening was a memorable one for all winners!

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The auction benefited the Atlanta Braves Foundation, the non-profit charitable arm of the Atlanta Braves. Through the Jerseys Off Our Backs Online Auction, the Braves Foundation annually distributes grants to nonprofit organizations that focuses on youth baseball, health, and children initiatives. We are appreciative and thankful for all of the participants that continue to support the Braves commitment to impact Braves Country.

Be sure to look out for next year’s Jerseys Off Our Backs Auction and don’t miss your opportunity to go on the field and meet your favorite Braves player!

The Atlanta Braves Foundation Online Auction – Live Now!

Go check out the Braves online auction happening now at Braves Foundation Online Auction and bid on autographed memorabilia, unique experiences and more!

Freddie Freeman Autographed Bat & Helmet

Each month there are new items added to our online auction page, where fans are able to bid on authentic items signed by their favorite players and alumni.  Featured auction items include signed baseballs, bats, gloves, photos, and much more. A unique auction item featured in this month’s auction is our on-field experience, this once in a lifetime encounter takes fans up close and personal during Braves batting practice prior to a home game.

Craig Kimbrel Autographed Photo

All proceeds from the monthly online auctions benefit the Atlanta Braves Foundation, the non-profit charitable arm of your favorite team, the Atlanta Braves.  With fans support,  we are able to give back to local organizations through the grants program and maintain an active role in our community. Last season, the Braves Foundation awarded more than $300,000 to local non-profit organizations with support from the online and game day auctions. This is a great opportunity to obtain authentic Braves items all while supporting our mission of giving back to our community.

Remember to check out the monthly auction Braves Foundation Online Auction and bid on your favorite items before it’s too late! Bidding ends April 6th at 8:00 p.m.

The Braves Foundation Celebrates the Unveiling of the Briarwood Park “Little Free Library”

The Braves Foundation teamed up with our 2013 Grant recipient, The Cross Keys Foundation, to celebrate the unveiling of the Briarwood Park “Little Free Library” on January 16.

We were joined by various media outlets as well as representatives from area schools, the Brookhaven Police department, City of Brookhaven elected officials and lots of neighborhood kids and families.CrossKeys133

The “Little Free Library” establishes a highly visible monument to the importance of literacy and early reading and neighborhood parks. The Briarwood Park “Little Free Library” is the first of many libraries to come and will stand as testimony of the community’s commitment to education. Most importantly, the children will be reminded of this fact every time they visit the playground.

The children will have the opportunity to take a book and bring it back, or simply keep them. Cross Keys Foundation partners including the Briarwood Park Conservancy and Brookhaven Storage have committed to host book drives in an effort to keep the libraries stocked with books. Community volunteers will see to it that the “Little Free Library” is stocked on a continual basis. Everyone in attendance was encouraged to add a book to the library.

The goal of the project is to promote excitement about reading among elementary age children and much to our delight, the children couldn’t get to the books fast enough as they immediately begin to takes the book and start reading!

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Atlanta Braves Foundation Awards $175,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofit Organizations

Milwaukee Brewers v Atlanta BravesThe Atlanta Braves Foundation serves as the nonprofit arm of the Atlanta Braves, striving to support Atlanta-based nonprofit organizations and their programs. On Tuesday, September 24th, the Atlanta Braves Foundation awarded $175,000 in grants to 31 deserving organizations prior to that night’s matchup against the Milwaukee Brewers. These funds will be used for anti-bullying campaigns, after-school programs, health and wellness efforts, educational projects, athletic programs, and much more.

Funds for the Atlanta Braves Foundation Grants program are generated through annual activities, including Lead-Off Luncheon, Atlanta Braves Foundation Golf Classic, Foundation Weekend, 50/50 Raffle, and silent auctions throughout the season.

Since its inception in 1992, the Atlanta Braves Foundation has provided support and resources to thousands of metro Atlanta-based organizations and has contributed more than $5.3 million in financial assistance to the community. Through the generous support of Braves players and staff, sponsors and fans, the Atlanta Braves Foundation continuously strives to improve the quality of life for our youth.

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Summary of the 2013 Atlanta Braves Foundation Grant Recipients and Initiatives:

  • 100 Black Men of Atlanta will provide support and improve the quality of life for African American youth in Atlanta through the Project Success program.
  • A Friend’s House will purchase new sporting equipment for youth and families.
  • Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA will focus on enhancing the amount of wellness and fitness activities for children.
  • Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region will use funds to support the “No Place for Hate” anti-bullying initiative.
  • Atlanta Track Club will allocate funding to support the Kilometer Kids program dedicated to inspiring youth to achieve health and fitness through a fun and supportive running program.
  • Attachment & Trauma Network, Inc. will provide support, education and advocacy for traumatized children and their families.
  • Camp Sunshine will enrich the lives of Georgia’s children with cancer and their families through year round recreational, educational and support programs.
  • Camp Twin Lakes provides camp programs for children with serious illnesses and other life challenges.
  • Children’s Bilingual Theater will use the grant to support a touring theatrical anti-bullying campaign that addresses bullying of developmentally disabled and medically fragile children.
  • Christian Aid Mission Partnership will provide clothing, food, educational programs and family support services in Cobb County.
  • Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery will help individuals receive therapy and therapeutic equipment to promote nerve regeneration and provide funding for scientific research to cure paralysis.
  • Cobb Health Futures Foundation will support an interactive after-school education program for youth ages 11 to 13.
  • Cobb Schools Foundation will focus on college-readiness preparation by proving tutorial and counseling for SAT/ACT exams and college planning during an after-school enrichment program.
  • Cool Girls, Inc. will support the Cool Fitness Program to enhance the self-empowerment of girls in low-income communities.
  • Corrigan Care will support Emmy’s Academy, an early intervention childcare center that provides developmental childcare for special needs children.
  • Cross Keys Foundation will purchase several “Little Free Library” units to promote reading among youth in immigrant communities.
  • Dream Makers Youth Foundation will fund the S.T.A.R.S. (Sports Teams for All Regardless of ‘Specialty”) Adaptive Sports Program that serves children with Autism, Down syndrome, and special needs.
  • East Lake Foundation will support the Charles R. Drew after-school program.
  • Georgia Ave Food Cooperative will provide food for families in southeast Atlanta.
  • Growing Leaders will provide workshops on leadership, college and careers for high school students.
  • Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation will help fund the WOW! Program which provides memorable vacations for families dealing with cancer.
  • Kate’s Club will empower children and teens facing life after death of a parent or sibling through family outings during the holidays.
  • Latin American Association will fund a program that helps Latino youth succeed in school and advance to higher education.
  • L.E.A.D. will support the organization’s year-round baseball and life-skills development program for middle and high school students in Atlanta.
  • Reconnecting Families will provide the Celebrating Families! curriculum written for families that are dealing with substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse or neglect.
  • The Brian Jordan Back to the Future Foundation will support Camp Jordan, a free baseball clinic for more than 200 disadvantaged children.
  • The Scholarship Academy will fund a curriculum-based scholarship preparatory program for low-income, first generation students.
  • Villages of Carver Family YMCA will use funds to support the youth baseball initiatives at the Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Academy.
  • Yes! Atlanta will support the Coaching for Success partnership with the Fulton County Juvenile Court.
  • YMCA of Rome Georgia will fund the free afterschool program for youth in kindergarten through fifth grade in Floyd County.
  • YWCA of Northwest Georgia, Inc. will provide summer camp opportunities for children of domestic violence victims.

Atlanta Braves Future Stars Host Youth Baseball Clinic

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On Saturday, September 28th, twelve of the Atlanta Braves top prospects volunteered their time to put on a free baseball clinic for kids ages 8-12. The Atlanta Braves organizational pitchers and players of the year are tasked with a community service project every year, this year they chose to put on a baseball skills clinic at the Atlanta Braves Baseball Academy located at the Carver YMCA.

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The following Future Stars participated in the clinic: Tommy La Stella, Mississippi Braves; Robby Hefflinger, Lynchburg Hillcats; Shae Simmons and Jose Peraza, Rome Braves; Andrew Waszak and Victor Caratini, Danville Braves; Oriel Caicedo and Victor Reyes, Gulf Coast League Braves; Felix Falcon and Kelvin Esteves, Dominican Summer League; overall organizational player of the year Josh Elander, Rome Braves and Lynchburg Hillcats and overall organizational pitcher of the year, Luke Sims; Rome Braves.

Minor League

The youth baseball players cycled through various stations focusing on hitting, base running, pop flies, and fielding. Following their rotation through all of the stations, all of the athletes lined up to receive Atlanta Braves goody bags, complete with a hat and foam tomahawk, before filing through the autograph line, and picking up their tickets to one of the two final home games of the regular season.

7th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game Presented by Kroger and WellStar

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On Saturday, September 14th, the Atlanta Braves partnered with Kroger, WellStar, and the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer for the seventh Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day. The day-long celebration of survivorship honored those who have courageously battled breast cancer, and raised awareness and funds to support research, education and advocacy for cancer patients and their families throughout Braves Country.

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Breast Cancer survivors, friends, and family members were invited to a pre-game reception and were welcomed by Laura Taylor – Breast Nurse Navigator at WellStar Douglas Hospital and Crystal Mantooth – Sr. Director of Community Events with American Cancer Society, and  featuring guest speaker Shondia McFadden-Sabari, Executive Director of BOLDANDBREASTLESS, Inc. Shondia has been featured in national and local outlets such as Essence Magazine and Huffington Post. In 2011, at age 36, Shondia was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. She chose not to have reconstructive surgery because she feels that life is all the really matters. Shondia shares her story with countless women around the United States in an effort to encourage early detection and to provide support and hope to other survivors.

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To close out the reception, Braves Pitcher, David Carpenter, helped recognize our Diamond of Hope award winners. This year inspirational survivors who have engaged in the fight against breast cancer or assisted other survivors through their difficult struggle were honored.

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This incredible event would not have been possible without the help of volunteers from the Braves 400 Fan Club, Georgia State University, and the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

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Following the reception, more than 300 Breast Cancer survivors, participated in a moving on-field ceremony that ended with a balloon release representing the hope that a cure for Breast Cancer will be found. Joining the survivors on the field was Braves catcher Evan Gattis, who stood with Leticia Reinke, wife of his college baseball coach.


2013 Diamond of Hope Winners:

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Erma Killings nominated by her son, Justin, and friend Ruby for being an inspiration to others diagnosed with Breast Cancer and not once letting the cancer dull her light.

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Jennifer Wachacha nominated by her sister, Lovedy Paige Gross, for her outstanding dedication to fundraising for research and eventually a cure for Breast Cancer.

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Christa McArthur nominated by her husband, David, for not missing a step when she was diagnosed, continuing her work as an oncology nurse and even mixing her own chemo on occasion.

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TeMaya Eatmon nominated by Stacey Chavis for making it her personal mission to change the face of Breast Cancer so that younger women are made more aware of symptoms and signs for early detection.

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Shondia McFadden-Sabari nominated by the Braves Community Affairs department for her outstanding work to generate awareness in the metro Atlanta area.

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5th Annual Youth Baseball Classic Presented by Bank of America

Youth Baseball Classic

In its fifth year, the Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic presented by Bank of America, brought together young baseball teams from all across the Southeast to compete in a round robin/bracket style tournament. Due to the success and popularity of the program since our humble beginnings of 32 teams, the Youth Baseball Classic moved locations to Wills Park in Alpharetta, GA. The change in venue allowed the event to accommodate 24 additional teams of ball players ages 5 – 13.

Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic

Teams traveled from as far as South Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina to compete in the classic. Upon check-in they received goody bags, complete with hats, tomahawks, and t-shirts. Round play for the older teams began on Friday night and continued into Saturday morning. The first games on Saturday started bright and early, 7:00 am to be exact, and the field lights had to be turned on for those teams.

Youth Baseball Classic

At noon on Saturday, the athletes had a group of special visitors including Alpharetta City Council Member Jim Gilvin, Mike Perry, Director of Recreation and Parks, Ben Easterling, Chair of the Alpharetta Recreation Commission, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood, and of course, Homer the Brave! Participating teams then took team photos with Alex Wood before the skills competition for the 5/6 and 7/8 age divisions and one last game for the older teams. Athletes also had a chance to visit with former Braves star Brian Jordan and purchase autographed copies of his children’s books.

Youth Baseball Classic

Saturday had even more in store for the athletes, friends, and families – including tickets to that night’s matchup against the Miami Marlins complete with a pregame parade. Sunday, the final day of the tournament, promised a slightly later start time and a higher level of competition – the championship games loomed at the end of the afternoon. The last game and trophy presentation wrapped up just before a lovely sunset appropriately capped off the 5th Youth Baseball Classic.

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The 5th Annual Youth Baseball Classic was a huge success, and would not have been possible without the help of volunteer scorekeepers from the Braves 400 Fan Club, Georgia State University, and Bank of America Georgia.

Division Champions:

13 Division: Upstate Showcase

Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic

11/12 Division: South Georgia Elite

Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic

9/10 Division: East Cobb Braves

Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic

7/8 Division: Bandits

Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic

5/6 Division: Warriors Orange

Youth Baseball Classic

Skills Champions:

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Skills Champions with Homer, Braves utility player Elliot Johnson, and Geri Thomas, President of Bank of America Georgia

7/8 Base Running: Caden High – South Gwinnett Rattlers

7/8 Golden Arm: Mason Ray – Northport Rage

7/8 Home Run Derby – Walker Westmoreland – Macon Impact

5/6 Base Running: Steele Ingram – Warriors Orange

5/6 Base Golden Arm: Riley McCallum – North Macon All-Stars Blue

5/6 Home Run Derby: Cole Carr – North Macon All-Stars Blue

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