Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jerry Clark Foundation Hosts 2nd Annual Tom “Flash” Gordon Winter Baseball Camp For Atlanta Youth


Jerry Clark is well known in Atlanta as the founder of 1972 Entertainment, an event promotions company that has evolved from throwing music industry events to providing talent management and production. He has worked with numerous record labels (Relativity Records, Rawkus Records), corporate brands (Reebok, Martell Cognac) and hip hop artists (Fat Joe, Common) throughout his career, and has now added social entrepreneur to his resume as the founder of the Jerry Clark Foundation.

The foundation's goal is to create individuals that will be assets to society by stressing high academic achievement and helping youth avoid dropping out of school and drug abuse. On January 23, 2010, the Foundation hosted its 2nd annual Tom “Flash” Gordon Winter Baseball Camp at The Batter’s Box in Decatur, Georgia. The camp was a full day of baseball instruction and enhancement for 150 boys and girls, ages 6 to 14, on all skill levels. Major League Baseball players and coaches were on-site to aid in the development of individual skills through instruction, individual and multiplayer drills, and game experience.

This year’s attendees included: Tom “Flash” Gordon (21-year MLB Veteran), Dee Gordon (Los Angeles Dodgers), Jasha Balcom (Chicago Cubs), Cedric Hunter (San Diego Padres), Xavier Avery (Baltimore Orioles), Darryl Boston (Chicago White Sox Coach), Derwin McNealy (Clark Atlanta University Head Baseball Coach) and the Clark Atlanta University baseball team. Commissioner Lee May of Dekalb County and University of Georgia All-American Linebacker Rennie Curran also made special guest appearances. Each camper received a certificate of completion, a camp T-shirt and a motivational speech from DJ Greg Street, Disc Jockey and On-Air Radio Personality for V-103.


The baseball camp is just one of many events the Jerry Clark Foundation hosts throughout the year. Jerry Clark shared, "I am very excited about the future of our foundation. We will continue to expose and introduce the youth to positive experiences. It is great to have the community in our corner."

Sponsors for the event included Powerade, Born 2 Compete, The Brand Banking Co., Clark Atlanta University, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, The Batter’s Box, Georgia Raiders Baseball, The Hitter’s Box, Multi Diamond Inc., JR RBI/MLB, Energy Fitness and Fifth Street Agency.

For more information on The Jerry Clark Foundation or to find out about upcoming events, please visit www.jerryclarkfoundation.org.

Source and photos: 5 Star Relations
Photo credit: Above The Edge Photography

4 comments:

Brent said...

Great deal! I always enjoyed watching Flash Gordon pitch in the bigs!

I really enjoy reading these types of stories. When it comes right down to it, baseball is a kids game. In my eyes, there is nothing better than watching youth baseball. Kids love playing baseball because of the game.... There is no money involved and that is awesome.

Due to my love for youth baseball, I have recently started a new web site called http://www.my-youth-baseball.com for the purpose of educating youth baseball coaches, parents and players about drills and strategies that will assist their team in improving their performance on the field.  It has been my experience that most league coaches are parents trying to do the best they can, but may lack knowledge or expertise in developing young baseball players.  

At my-youth-baseball.com, I try to give them basic information and strategy that will most certainly aide them in the development of their team. I commend the Jerry Clark Foundation for helping these kids. Nice job!

Tracey said...

Thanks for the comment! I'll check out your site-

Robin said...

Just wanted to say thank you to the Jerry Clark foundation and its wonderful staff. I have a foster child who has never had a father figure in his life. He is still raving about the wonderful people and what a great time he had at the baseball camp on sat. Please know that i have found me a new cause to donate to and will encourage other mothers and fathers to do the same. see you at your next camp

Chevonne said...

Hello, I just wanted to say thank you so much for hosting this baseball camp. My son learned alot and he apparently had a lot of fun because he has not stopped talking about the camp. you all did a great thing for the community and we look forward to attending more of your events!!