Jerry Clark, music industry executive and founder of the Jerry Clark Foundation, with Lawrence “Larry” Williams, former member of the Kansas City Monarchs (Negro National League) at the 3rd Annual Jerry Clark Foundation Winter Baseball Camp, January 22, 2011 in Decatur, Georgia.
Foundation Aims to Drive African-American Youth Back to Baseball
Via Press Release: On Saturday, January 22, 2011, the Jerry Clark Foundation Inc. hosted its much anticipated 3rd annual Winter Baseball Camp at the Inspiring Kids Academy located in Decatur, Georgia.
Over 150 youth from the Atlanta metropolitan area enjoyed a full day of pure baseball instruction and enhancement. Campers received proper fundamentals and techniques from professional players and instructors in Major League Baseball and other esteemed baseball professionals. This year’s camp took place in a new indoor baseball facility, the Inspiring Kids Academy, an 82,000 square feet facility that houses 13 indoor batting cages, seven pitching mounds, and a throwing/fielding area perfect for baseball players at all levels.
Special guest instructors included: Marquis Grissom (MLB Veteran), Mike Cameron (Boston Red Sox), Cedric Hunter (San Diego Padres), Jacob Brumfield (MLB Veteran), Eddie Rush Jr. (Detroit Tigers), Daryl Boston (MLB Veteran), Chavez Clarke (Los Angeles Angels), Coach Derwin McNealy (Clark Atlanta University), Coach Robert Mitchell (Morehouse College), Atlanta Blue Jays, and the Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College baseball teams. Celebrity fitness trainer, John Lewis of Energy Fitness of America was on-site to provide athletic training sessions. In addition, former Atlanta Falcons’ safety and Atlanta Braves’ outfielder Brian Jordan, and Atlanta Blue Jays coach/CEO Anthony Dye, served as keynote speakers to discuss the importance of being well-rounded, overcoming failures and adversity, as well as taking pride in personal appearance.
As an added bonus, Lawrence “Larry” Williams, former member of the Kansas City Monarchs (Negro National League) also spoke to the campers about the Negro Leagues and the importance of taking advantage of present opportunities that he was not afforded.
Campers left with an unforgettable experience and expressed great gratitude in being part of the camp. Community leaders Stan Watson (Dekalb County District 7 Commissioner), Lee May (Dekalb County Distric 5 Commissioner), and Assistant Chief Dale Holmes (Dekalb County Police Department) all came out to show their support for the work the Jerry Clark Foundation is doing in the community.
"This year was absolutely AMAZING!! Just being able to give back to the community is an honor. To be able to deliver baseball and life lessons is one of the Jerry Clark Foundation's goals to help drive African-American youth back to baseball," states Jerry Clark, founder of the Jerry Clark Foundation.
Several sponsors contributed to the success of the Jerry Clark Foundation’s 3rd annual Winter Baseball Camp: Brand Banking Company, Jackmont Hospitality Inc., Jakes Management DBA McDonald’s, V103, Raydar Entertainment, MHR International, Born 2 Compete, Energy Fitness of America, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Atlanta Blue Jays, Inspiring Kids Academy, Hitter’s Box, Dr. Maurice Jove, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, and the Georgia Team Raiders.
About the Jerry Clark Foundation
The Jerry Clark Foundation was founded with the intent to give back to the community and create individuals that will be assets to society via academics and athletics. The organization stresses high academic achievement to help youth avoid potential pitfalls such as dropping out of school and substance / alcohol abuse. In addition, the foundation believes athleticism can create a team mentality where students can develop a culture of openness without taking things personally, which is critical to success. The Jerry Clark Foundation Inc, hosts several events throughout the year. For more information, please visit www.jerryclarkfoundation.org.
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