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.
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