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02.29.08 | MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL’S URBAN YOUTH ACADEMY HOSTS FIRST URBAN INVITATIONAL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

02.29.08 | MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL’S URBAN YOUTH ACADEMY HOSTS FIRST URBAN INVITATIONAL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

Urban_invitational_2 Major League Baseball has announced that the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy will host its first Urban Invitational Baseball Tournament from February 29 – March 2.  Two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach, FL) and Southern University (Baton Rouge, LA), will face off against collegiate baseball powerhouses UCLA and USC.  The participation of HBCUs in the Urban Invitational is part of MLB’s ongoing diversity and youth initiatives. 

"The Urban Invitational Baseball Tournament is a part of our continued focus on reviving the majesty of baseball in the African American community," said Major League Baseball Executive Vice President of Operations Jimmie Lee Solomon. "This tournament, along with the other programs at the MLB Urban Youth Academy, the Civil Rights Game and many of our other efforts, is reflective of the League’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and engagement of our nation’s young people.  Our goal is to make sure that every child who wants to play baseball has an opportunity to do so."

Tournament games will be played at the MLB Urban Youth Academy, USC’s Dedeaux Field and UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium beginning Friday, February 29 and continuing through Sunday, March 2.  Both games on Saturday, March 1, 2008, will be played at the MLB Urban Youth Academy and broadcast live on ESPN2.  Fans attending on that day will also be entertained by a live performance of Southern University’s, “Human Jukebox” and USC’s Trojan Marching Band, as they bring their unique musical performances to Compton, California.  Bethune-Cookman University and Southern University baseball teams will square off against each other at 1:00 P.M. (PST) on Sunday at the Academy. $5.00 admission for adults, kids 12 & under are free.

Also, as part of the tournament weekend, on Saturday, March 1, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. PT. The Urban Youth Academy and Tiger Woods Learning Center are hosting a college fair to provide students and their families with information about the importance of a college education. Over 20 colleges will present information regarding: preparing for college admission, financial aid and scholarship opportunities. For more information, please call (310) 763-3479 ext 5. The College Fair is FREE and open to the public.

For more information visit: www.mlb.com

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