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Friday, September 25, 2015

East Side diamond: Mayor, Royals GM announce youth baseball academy

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On the morning after the Kansas City Royals clinched the American League Central Division Championship, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore helped announce a new $14 million project expected to boost the fortunes of local youth and the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District.

The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy was announced and detailed by Moore, Mayor Sly James and others at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 1616 E. 18th St….

Moore said the Royals are deeply committed to growing baseball in the community and the region.

“The Kansas City Urban Youth Academy,” he said, “will provide special opportunities for boys and girls to develop their baseball and softball skills while, most importantly, growing as leaders.”
In addition to free year-round baseball and softball instruction and play, the academy will provide access to tutoring programs, college prep classes, college and career fairs, financial literacy and internship programs, courses teaching math through the use of baseball statistics, and MLB industry alternative career workshops. Participants also will have opportunities to be involved in drug-resistance and gang-prevention programs and healthy lifestyle classes.
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