MJBL Youth Baseball Classic to Be Held in Richmond, Virginia
The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League, Inc., (MJBL) 23rd Inner City Classic featuring the Black World Series and the Bobby Bonds Memorial Symposium will be held in Richmond, VA on July 27th – August 1st 2013. The Classic, which is the oldest and longest, running inner city baseball tournament in the country, returns to Richmond for the second consecutive year. Prior to coming back to Richmond last year, the tournament was held in Montgomery, AL, Atlanta, GA, Columbia, SC, Greensboro, NC and Orlando, FL. Youth ages 6 to19 will arrive from 17 states and the Bahamas to compete for MJBL Classic championship titles in six different age brackets.
MJBL prides itself in offering much more than baseball during the championship event. While in Richmond, some of the youth who are competing in the tournament will have the opportunity to watch the Washington Redskins practice from the VIP section at their new training facility. Educational field trips will be offered to several different venues, including the African-American History Museum, Richmond Slave Trail and the Maggie Walker House (Maggie L. Walker, the first African-American women to open a bank in the U.S.). College tours will be offered to youth ages 14-19 at 3 local universities – Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond, and Virginia Union University.
Maryland Commissioner, James Williams said “Our motto is preparing our youth for success’. This means achieving on and off the field. These educational trips and college tours are the reason why I encourage youth from the state of Maryland to participate in the Classic.” Tommy McCraw, former White Sox star and hitting coach for several MLB clubs, including the Washington Nationals, will offer 3 one hour sessions on ‘Thinking the Game of Baseball’. He will be joined by Virginia State University Psychology Professor, Shedrick McCall, PhD. The Major League Baseball Player Alumni Association has also agreed to be a part of the Classic and will conduct a baseball clinic for youth 12 and under during the week long event. Everett Stull, from the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, will also be present to evaluate some of the talent that will be on the field from the 16U and 19U age brackets.
The Annual Bobby Bonds Memorial Symposium topic for this year will be “Competitive Edge – Achieving Success in Sports and Life.” Sports psychologist and former consultant for the NBA and Dallas Cowboys, Dr. Yolanda Bruce Brooks, will be the moderator for the symposium. Headliners for the panel include NFL Hall of Fame linebacker, Willie Lanier and Dr. Wilmer Leon, nationally syndicated columnist and the host of the nationally broadcast call-in talk radio program “Inside The Issues with Wilmer Leon.”
Games will begin Saturday evening July 27th and will be played on baseball fields in the City of Richmond and Henrico County. The featured event, the Black World Series (12U championship) will take place on Wednesday evening July 31st. Final championship games will take place on Thursday morning August 1st as the Classic concludes its 23rd year. Former MEAC Commissioner and Chairman of the Board, Ken Free, Sr. said “these young men are going to learn a lot on and off the field. I’m proud to be involved with this organization.”
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