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On Wednesday February 27th, members of the Braves family joined C.J. Stewart, former outfielder in the Chicago Cubs organization, as he welcomed 16 students at Parks Middle School to be a part of the 2013 L.E.A.D. program. L.E.A.D. stands for Launch, Expose, Advise, and Direct.
This is a program that C.J. and his board of directors, including his wife Kelli, started in 2007 to help students from inner city neighborhoods become better baseball players and better citizens in their community.
L.E.A.D. works with students from middle school to high school and since 2007, 100% of the students in the program have graduated from high school with 90% of them receiving baseball scholarships. This year, L.E.A.D. welcomed their first female member of the team at Parks Middle School with hopes of producing the first college softball scholarship from their program.
Last Wednesday was “Signing Day” at Parks Middle School. Students that were selected for the team received a hat and jersey and signed a contract to be a part of this program. This contract entailed their requirements of stellar academic and civic performance along with hard work in between the foul poles.
The Braves are proud to support the efforts of L.E.A.D. as they look to make this their best year ever!
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.
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.
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!