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    PARTICIPATING TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2014 ALL-STAR JR. RBI CLASSIC

    Friendly, Round-Robin Tournament Will Be Played During MLB All-Star Week, July 10th-14th, On Baseball and Softball Fields throughout the Twin Cities

    Off-field Experiences to Include Participating in MLB All-Star Week Events, Meeting Current and Former Major Leaguers, Community Service and Exposure to a College Campus


    Major League Baseball today announced the participating Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) teams, consisting of more than one hundred young baseball and softball players, playing in the sixth annual Jr. RBI Classic, a friendly, round-robin tournament held each year during MLB All-Star Week. The event provides the kids (ages 11-12 from Jr. RBI playing divisions) with the opportunity to participate in MLB All-Star Week events and other off-field experiences, including rooming on a college campus, community service and meeting current and former Major Leaguers. The tournament will be played from July 10th to July 14th on fields throughout St. Paul and Minneapolis, the host city of the 85th MLB All-Star Game, which will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive MLB All-Star Week coverage.

    The 2014 Jr. RBI Classic will feature RBI leagues from Canada and around the United States, including a baseball and softball team from the Minnesota Twins RBI program, which is based in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

    Following are the cities (and RBI leagues) represented in the 2014 Jr. RBI Classic:

    Austin, Texas (RBI Austin) – Softball
    Baltimore, Maryland (Baltimore Orioles RBI) – Softball
    Birmingham, Alabama (Willie Mays RBI) – Baseball
    Durham, North Carolina (Durham Triple Play RBI) – Baseball
    Lancaster, Texas (City of Lancaster RBI) – Baseball
    Little Rock, Arkansas (Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas RBI) – Softball
    Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota (Minnesota Twins RBI) – Baseball & Softball
    Mount Vernon, New York (Mount Vernon RBI) – Baseball
    Pawtucket, Rhode Island (Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket RBI) – Baseball
    Saskatoon, SK, Canada (Blue Jays Baseball Academy Rookie League Jr. RBI) – Baseball
    Tampa, Florida (Tampa RBI) – Baseball

    “The Jr. RBI Classic is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will be both enriching and fun for these young men and women,” said David James, Senior Director of the RBI program. “These kids will have an unforgettable All-Star experience that they will carry for the rest of their lives, and we are very proud to provide this opportunity to them.”

    MLB will be supplying the teams with uniforms, equipment and All-Star apparel. Additionally, the young athletes will have the opportunity to attend many All-Star events, including T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game and Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, featuring the Gillette Home Run Derby. Jr. RBI Classic players will also get the chance to meet 2014 MLB All-Stars as well as Hall of Famers Cal Ripken, Jr. and Roberto Alomar, both of whom are expected to be in attendance at the 2014 Jr. RBI Classic Opening Ceremonies in Minneapolis.

    The Jr. RBI Classic will be played on baseball fields in the Twin Cities, including Bill Peterson Field, Gilbert de la O Field and Jim Kelly Field in St. Paul, and Rod Carew Field in Minneapolis. Softball games will be played at Dunning East and West Fields in St. Paul. The Jr. RBI Classic Opening Ceremonies and ensuing skills clinic administered by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will be held at the newly-renovated and renamed Sid Hartman Field at Northeast Park in Minneapolis.

    As part of their All-Star experience, the young participants will help give back by packing meals for families facing hunger with Kids Against Hunger, an international humanitarian food-aid organization whose goal is to end world hunger by providing nutritious food to hungry children and families in the United States and 60 countries around the world. Kids Against Hunger distributes meals packaged by volunteers to starving children and their families through partnerships with humanitarian organizations worldwide.

    The Jr. RBI playing divisions, established in 2009, provide opportunities to play baseball and softball to young people ages 5 to 12, and serve as a feeder program to the 13-18 age playing divisions of the RBI program.

    The RBI program, which has served more than one million young people since its inception in 1989, is the Major League Baseball youth initiative designed to provide young people, ages 5 to 18 from underserved and urban communities, with opportunities to play baseball and softball, to encourage excellence and achievement in education, and to teach the value of teamwork and other important life lessons. The RBI program currently serves more than 220,000 boys and girls in over than 300 programs that are established in more than 200 cities worldwide. MLB and all 30 Clubs have designated more than $30 million worth of resources to the RBI program, and all 30 Clubs support RBI leagues. For more information, please visit: MLB.com/rbi.

    About the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
    The 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 15th in Minneapolis and will feature the best of the American League taking on the top players of the National League. Building up to the excitement of the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball will conduct a wide variety of special events and charitable activities for fans both inside and outside of Target Field. At the ballpark, the events will include Taco Bell All-Star Sunday on July 13th featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, and Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 14th featuring the Gillette Home Run Derby on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio. Outside of the ballpark, fans will have an opportunity to experience All-Star Summer through a variety of special events including T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, the five-day interactive fan festival; and the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet, a free parade of All-Stars. The Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally on FOX, broadcast on ESPN Radio and will be shown around the world by Major League Baseball International. For more information about 2014 All-Star Summer, visit AllStarGame.com.


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    (BPRW) Coca-Cola Teams with Soccer Sensation DaMarcus Beasley to Promote the Sport During 2014 FIFA World Cup™

    Coca-Cola Invites You to “Give a Ball” to Encourage Greater Soccer Play


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- As the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ kicks off, Coca-Cola partners with soccer superstar DaMarcus Beasley to promote the passion and benefits of soccer among African American youth.

    Beasley, a defender, will be the first American to play in four FIFA World Cup™ competitions. He is also among a small group of African American athletes to play soccer (or “fútbol”) on the prestigious international stage. Coca-Cola hopes the inspirational Beasley will help urban youth connect to the world’s most beloved sport and encourage the African American community to rally around him as he competes for soccer’s most esteemed prize.

    In the spirit of the FIFA World Cup™, Beasley joins Coca-Cola in inviting consumers who purchase a refreshing Coca-Cola product to donate a soccer ball to a school of their choice. Now through July 13, 2014, consumers can visit www.coke.com/soccer and enter a participating Coca-Cola product code to donate a soccer ball to schools registered with MyCokeRewards.com throughout the country. Additionally, participants can enter to instantly win prizes and download “The World Is Ours,” Coca-Cola’s song for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ campaign. “Give a Ball” supports Coca-Cola’s overall commitment to promote active, balanced lifestyles among today’s youth.

    “The game of soccer has taken me from Indiana to places all around the world,” said Beasley. “It has opened doors for me that I could never have dreamed of; and, that’s why I am excited to work with Coca-Cola to encourage the dreams of young people throughout the world.”

    “The Coca-Cola Company has always shared an enormous passion for soccer and the world of endless possibilities that it offers to youth globally and right here in the U.S.,” said Lauventria Robinson, vice president, Multicultural Marketing, Coca-Cola North America. “DaMarcus is a tremendous role model to inspire young people. Together, we hope to encourage the country to join us in celebrating soccer as a force for social good. Give a ball and help us open those possibilities for the next generation of DaMarcus Beasleys.”

    Coca-Cola is also working with its bottlers and customer partners, such as Family Dollar, to refurbish select soccer fields this fall. The Coca-Cola and Family Dollar® Soccer Field Makeover Promotion will provide $15,000 to a local soccer field in need of refurbishment. Beasley will appear at a celebratory community event recognizing the refurbishment of the soccer field.

    Additionally, Coca-Cola partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to identify two outstanding teens to participate as flag bearers for the U.S. during one of the USMNT matches in Brazil. Each teen will receive tickets to the United States vs. Germany game and a cultural immersion experience while in Brazil.

    The Coca-Cola Company has had a long-standing relationship with FIFA since 1974 and has been an official sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™ since 1978. Coca-Cola has had stadium advertising at every FIFA World Cup™ since 1950 and is a long-time supporter of soccer at all levels.

    About The Coca-Cola Company
    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 16 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke,Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of more than 1.8 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company. Source: The Coca-Cola Company


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    THIRTY ALUMNI FROM REVIVING BASEBALL IN INNER CITIES (RBI), MLB URBAN YOUTH ACADEMY AND THE BREAKTHROUGH SERIES SELECTED IN THE 2014 MLB DRAFT


    Thirty alumni from three of Major League Baseball’s on-field diversity efforts, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), the MLB Urban Youth Academy and the Breakthrough Series, were selected in the 2014 MLB Draft, which was completed on Saturday. The selections included Marcus Wilson (Competitive Balance Round B, ARI) and Josh Morgan (3rd Round, TEX), who were participants in all three programs.

    REVIVING BASEBALL IN INNER CITIES
    Twelve alumni from the RBI program were selected, including five from MLB Club-run RBI programs and the first-ever draftee from the Minnesota Twins RBI program. The list includes, Marcus Wilson and Josh Morgan from Venice (CA) Boys & Girls Club RBI; Alex Real (24th Round, MIN) and Jorge Perez (30th Round, NYY) from Arizona RBI; Dazon Cole (29th Round, ATL) and Evin Einhardt (29th Round, CWS) from Detroit PAL RBI; Daniel Sweet (25th Round, TEX) from Mississippi RBI; Ronald Williams (2nd Round, STL) from Miami Marlins RBI; Onas Farfan (21st Round, MIN) from Minnesota Twins RBI; and Darius Day (23rd Round, TEX), Anthony Justiniano (38th Round, CWS) and James Davison (39th Round, CWS) from Chicago White Sox RBI.
     Major League Baseball



    Eight of these RBI alumni (Cole, Davison, Day, Justiniano, Morgan, Sweet, Williams and Wilson) have participated in the RBI World Series, the championship tournament of the RBI program. Each year during the RBI World Series, RBI works with the MLB Scouting Bureau for a scouting showcase day where participants demonstrate their skills in front of collegiate and professional scouts. Of the nearly 40 RBI players selected in the 2012-2014 MLB Drafts, 27 have played in the RBI World Series (between 2009 and 2013).

    The RBI program, which has served more than one million young people since its inception in 1989, is administered by Major League Baseball and is designed to give young people from underserved and diverse communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, while also encouraging academic achievement and success and teaching the value of teamwork and other important life lessons. MLB Clubs have drafted more than 200 RBI participants, including more than 70 players since 2008.

    MLB URBAN YOUTH ACADEMY
    Seven alumni from the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton were selected, including Wilson and Josh Morgan; as well as Luke Dykstra (7th Round, ATL), Jared Robinson (11th Round, CLE), Denz’l Chapman (32nd Round, OAK), Tyree Davis (37th Round, MIN) and Nathan Rodriguez (39th Round, COL).

    MLB Urban Youth Academies operate on a year-round basis, offering free baseball and softball instruction, including skills clinics, for local youth. There are three Academies in operation in Compton, California; Houston, Texas; and New Orleans, Louisiana. Each Academy offers educational and baseball vocation programming, including tutoring and free seminars on umpiring, athletic field management, scouting and player development, sports and broadcast journalism, public relations and statistics, athletic sports training, and gang resistance education. Since 2007, more than 400 MLB Urban Youth Academy players have gone on to participate in collegiate baseball or softball programs, more than 100 have been drafted, and six Compton Academy alumni have reached the Major Leagues, including Khris Davis (Milwaukee Brewers), Anthony Gose (Toronto Blue Jays), Aaron Hicks (Minnesota Twins), Efren Navarro (currently in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim system), Trayvon Robinson (currently in the Los Angeles Dodgers system) and Jon Singleton (Houston Astros).

    BREAKTHROUGH SERIES
    Twenty-one past participants of the Breakthrough Series were selected, including four in the first round. The list includes: Carlos Rodon (1st Round, CWS), Touki Toussaint (1st Round, ARI), Luis Ortiz (1st Round, TEX), Justus Sheffield (1st Round, CLE), Jacob Gatewood (Competitive Balance Round A, MIL), Monte Harrison (2nd Round, MIL), Ronnie Williams (2nd Round, STL), Marcus Wilson (Competitive Balance Round B, ARI), Josh Morgan (3rd Round, TEX), D.K. Carey (7th Round, WSH), Roberto Gonzalez (15th Round, MIN), Tyler Hill (19th Round, BOS), Darius Day (23rd Round, TEX), Vance Vizcaino (29th Round, KC), Dazon Cole (29th Round, ATL), Adam Choplick (32nd Round, CWS), Denz’l Chapman (32nd Round, OAK), Luis Alvarado (33rd Round, BOS), Tyree Davis (37th Round, MIN), Anthony Justiniano (38th Round, CWS) and James Davison (39th Round, CWS), who participated in the 2013 Breakthrough Series.

    The annual Breakthrough Series is a joint effort by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball to expose a diverse group of some of the top high school baseball players in the country to professional scouts and collegiate recruiters. The event is completely cost-free for the group of invitation-only participants. More than 100 participants of the Breakthrough Series have been selected in the First-Year Player Draft, including more than 60 combined from the 2012-2014 drafts.


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    OUSTED AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC MANAGER SUES FOX SPORTS
    FOR RACIAL DISCRIMINATION


    Los Angeles, California - June 5, 2014 – On February 4, 2013, while on disability leave for stress, anxiety, depression, and related physical conditions, FOX Sports Music Director Jerry Davis 54, received notice from FOX’s Human Resources Department that his position had been eliminated. He was immediately relieved of his duties. Davis worked for FOX Sports as a Director for close to sixteen years and was the central figure responsible for building the FOX Sports music department.

    FOX Sports Music Director Jerry Davis



    Davis, an African American, had been skipped over at least four times for consideration as Vice President of the department. Instead, less competent and experienced candidates were selected. In fact, of the thirty-four individuals employed at or above the Vice President position within FOX Sports, none are African-American.

    With all communications severed by FOX Sports and no opportunity to seek internal mediation, Davis faced no other option but to sue his former employer for wrongful termination and violation of his civil rights. The California Department of Fair Housing and Employment granted permission for the formal suit on file in the Los Angeles Superior Court. The Davis litigation team is presently preparing to depose former FOX Sports Chairperson, David Hill.

    According to court documents, when the position of Vice President became vacant, Davis was repeatedly discouraged by FOX Sports personnel from applying for the position. He applied nevertheless and was consistently passed over. On at least two occasions, Davis learned the Vice President position had been vacant and filled only when the new hire walked in and was introduced in a staff meeting.

    In spite of the industry’s potential, Jerry Davis’ experience at FOX Sports reveals an ugly, racist shadow that denies ethnic minority participation in that economic growth.

    When asked about the lawsuit outcomes, Davis said, “My hope is the litigation creates a pathway for persons of color to the executive level of FOX Sports and other networks – where “merit” not “race” is the controlling selection factor.”

    Despite a demeaning and minimizing work environment, Davis remained focused and continued to excel in his work. During his tenure at FOX Sports, Davis negotiated music rights with leading production companies such as Universal and Atlantic Records, building Fox’s music library and generating $2.26M in revenues. Davis also developed the first music policy and procedure protocol to navigate the legal waters attendant with the onslaught of digital download. In addition to coordination of musical selections with sports programming such as the popular “The Best Damn Sports Show Period,” Davis leveraged personal connections within the music industry to book top entertainment for the sports shows such as Justin Bieber, Ozzy Osbourne, Sinead O’Conner, Queen Latifah, Vince Neil of Motley Crue, P. Diddy, Ludacris, Rick Ross, with Travis Barker & DJ AM.

    FOX Sports Music Director Jerry Davis
    Davis is a 25-year music veteran. Prior to joining FOX Sports, Davis founded and was Executive Producer of Poetic Groove/Interscope Records. As the Membership Director with ASCAP Performing Rights Society, Davis worked with artists to build their entrepreneurial capacity. Davis studied at U.C. Berkley and is a competitive track enthusiast on the Seniors Level. Davis’ beginnings at FOX Sports initially appeared as the perfect job that combined his two loves; sports and music. However, he soon found himself in a hostile, racist work environment, riddled with turnover and constant internal personnel shenanigans.


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    MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL LAUNCHES INAUGURUAL
    JR. RBI CLASSIC SHOWCASES IN LOS ANGELES AND HOUSTON


    Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to Co-Host at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, May 24-26; Houston Astros to Co-Host at the Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy,

    May 31-June 1

    Event Marks First Competitive Element of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities’ Jr. RBI Playing Divisions


    Major League Baseball announced today the launch of the inaugural Jr. RBI Classic Showcases, which will be held in Los Angeles (May 24-26), co-hosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, and Houston (May 31-June 1), co-hosted by the Houston Astros. These events, which will be held in each city’s respective MLB Urban Youth Academy, mark the first competitive element of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program’s Jr. RBI playing divisions. The Jr. RBI playing divisions (ages 5 to 12), which are designed to focus on teaching the fundamentals and highlighting the fun of playing baseball and softball, serve as feeder programs for the age 13-18 baseball and softball divisions of the overall RBI program.

    “The Jr. RBI playing divisions are the largest growing sector of the RBI program, so, it is important for MLB to expand opportunities and offer participants a memorable experience,” said Tom Brasuell, MLB Vice President of Community Affairs. “The new Jr. RBI Classic Showcases will provide enhanced playing opportunities and showcase some terrific young talent, and we thank the Dodgers Foundation and the Astros for co-hosting these inaugural events.”

    In addition to tournament play, Major League Baseball is offering the RBI participants the opportunity to stay on a local college campus, with the intention of inspiring them through the experience of “campus life.”

    The Los Angeles Jr. RBI Classic Showcase will begin on Saturday, May 24th and will last through Monday, May 26th, with all games being played at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton. The participating teams are Dodgers RBI (consisting of three separate teams from the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Boys & Girls Club of Venice and Los Angeles Recreation and Parks), Angels RBI (Anaheim, CA) and San Diego Padres RBI (San Diego, CA). All teams will stay on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC). The event will launch with the Dodgers providing opening remarks and a clinic with all teams on Friday, May 23rd at Dodger Stadium. Bank of America, the official bank of Major League Baseball and Gold Sponsor of Dodgers RBI, will provide volunteers to help with the clinic.

    The Houston Jr. RBI Classic Showcase will begin on Saturday, May 31st and will last through Sunday, June 1st, with all games being played at the Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy at Sylvester Turner Park. The participating teams are Astros RBI (Houston, TX), Louisiana Youth Baseball RBI(Baton Rouge, LA), New Orleans Recreation Department RBI (New Orleans, LA) and Texas Rangers RBI(Dallas/Ft. Worth/Arlington, TX). All teams will stay on the campus of Texas Southern University. Additionally, all players and coaches will attend Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Game, which will be played between the Houston Astros and the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park on Friday, May 30th. The game will air nationally on MLB Network and will be called by MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds and Sam Ryan. The Civil Rights Game and its ancillary activities are a series of events developed by MLB to pay tribute to those who fought on and off the field for equal rights for all Ameri­cans.

    The RBI program has provided a path for many players to enter the college and professional game. RBI alumni on MLB rosters during the 2014 regular season include: Michael Bourn (Cleveland Indians), Carl Crawford (Los Angeles Dodgers), Coco Crisp (Oakland Athletics), Yovani Gallardo (Milwaukee Brewers), James Loney (Tampa Bay Rays), Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles), James McDonald (Chicago Cubs),Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Tyler Skaggs (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Justin Upton (Atlanta Braves) and Chris Young (New York Mets), among others. Dominic Smith (BGC of Venice RBI – ‘09/‘10), J.P. Crawford (BGC of Venice RBI – ‘09), Carl Crawford (Houston RBI – ‘97), James Loney (Houston RBI – ‘99), James McDonald (LA RBI – ‘02), Coco Crisp (LA RBI – ‘95, ‘96) and Yovani Gallardo (Fort Worth RBI – ‘03) have each played in the RBI World Series.

    More than 200 RBI participants have been drafted by MLB Clubs throughout the program’s 26-year history, and many others were given the opportunity for higher education through baseball and softball scholarships. Fifteen alumni from the RBI program were selected in the 2013 MLB Player Draft, including New York Mets first round pick Dominic Smith (11th overall) and Philadelphia Phillies first round pick J.P. Crawford (16th overall), who are both alumni of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice RBI program and the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton.

    The RBI program is administered by Major League Baseball and is designed to give young people from underserved and diverse communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic achievement and success, and teach the value of teamwork and other important life lessons. RBI currently serves more than 220,000 young men and women in over 300 programs established in approximately 200 cities worldwide. MLB and its Clubs have designated more than $30 million worth of resources to the RBI program, and all 30 Clubs support RBI leagues. For more information about the RBI program, please visit MLB.com/rbi.

    The MLB Urban Youth Academies in Compton and Houston operate on a year-round basis, offering free baseball and softball instruction, as well as various clinics for youth throughout Southern California and Houston. Each facility features multiple fields, including a show field with scoreboard, grandstand, seating, dugouts and lights, as well as indoor components for training and practice. Additionally, Academies offer educational and baseball vocation programming, including tutoring, clinics and free seminars on umpiring, athletic field management, scouting and player development, sports and broadcast journalism, public relations and statistics, and athletic sports training. “Community Days,” scouting events and other free programs are additional activities that take place annually at the Academy. MLB also established and is operating the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy at Wesley Barrow Stadium, and has announced plans to build academies in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hialeah, Florida, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information about MLB Urban Youth Academies, please visit MLB.com/urbanyouthacademy

    Dodgers RBI is a comprehensive, urban youth baseball program for boys and girls, ages 5-18. Working together with local organizations, parents and volunteers, Dodgers RBI currently offers 2,400 youth the opportunity to learn and enjoy the games of baseball and softball with special emphasis on education, recreation and healthy habits for young people. Dodgers RBI is a cornerstone program of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF), the official charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. LADF provides uniforms and equipment, recruitment assistance, cash grants and education/health resources to all teams. Additionally, Dodgers RBI will provide resources to ensure increased participation by youth ages 13-18 and place special emphasis on African- Americans. Dodgers RBI is part of MLB’s RBI program.

    The newly MLB-chartered league in Houston, named Astros RBI, is being funded by The Astros Foundation, the official team charity, and will be run by the Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy staff. Astros RBI will launch this spring, with games and tournaments in June and July. The league will include teams in four divisions: 18-and-under girls softball, 11-12 boys baseball, 13-15 boys baseball and 16-18 boys baseball. The Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy at Sylvester Turner Park, which is on the north side of Houston, operates on a year-round basis and hosts daily baseball and softball instruction, camps, clinics and other activities for free for young people ages 7-17. In addition to the new Astros RBI program, the Urban Youth Academy staff also provide mentoring, leadership development and assistance with the college application process.


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    MLB AND THE HOUSTON ASTROS ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE 2014 CIVIL RIGHTS GAME AND ANCILLARY ACTIVITIES

    The Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles to Wear Negro Leagues Uniforms of the Houston Eagles and Baltimore Elite Giants, Respectively Additional Details Include Ballpark Giveaway, Musical Performances, Roundtable Participants, Event Sponsor and More Event & Game Tickets and Information Are Available at MLB.com/civilrightsgame and Astros.com/civilrightsgame


    Major League Baseball and the Houston Astros today announced details for the 2014 Civil Rights Game at Minute Maid Park and ancillary activities, which include the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon and the Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion. Tickets and information for each event and the Civil Rights Game are available at MLB.com/civilrightsgame and Astros.com/civilrightsgame.

    2014 CIVIL RIGHTS GAME



    The 2014 Civil Rights Game will be played between the Houston Astros and the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park on Friday, May 30th, airing nationally on MLB Network and called by MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds and Sam Ryan.

    Houston & Baltimore Negro Leagues Uniforms to be Worn During the Civil Rights Game

    1. Houston Eagles – The Astros will wear the uniforms of the “Houston Eagles,” which played for only two years (1949-1950) and was the only team from Texas in Negro Leagues history.

    2. Baltimore Elite Giants – The Orioles will wear the uniforms of the “Baltimore Elite Giants,” which played from 1938 through 1950.

    NOTES: The uniforms and caps were produced by Majestic and New Era, respectively. Both designs were approved by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

    Civil Rights Game Cap Giveaway, Ballpark Fireworks

    1. Cap Giveaway – 15,000 fans to enter Minute Maid Park for the Civil Rights Game will receive a special commemorative “Civil Rights Game” cap.

    2. “Motown Fireworks” – Following the Civil Rights Game, the Astros will host a special fireworks show, presented by Marathon Oil Corporation, that will have a “Motown” theme.

    Musical Performances

    1. Aloe Blacc – The chart-topping singer/songwriter will perform his hit songs “Wake Me Up” and “The Man” on-field at Minute Maid Park prior to the Civil Rights Game, with the “The Man” airing LIVE on MLB Network. Additionally, he will perform “Eyes of a Child” earlier in the day at the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon at Hilton Americas Houston.

    2. Miri Ben-Ari – The Grammy Award-winning violinist and UN Goodwill Ambassador will perform her song, “Symphony of Brotherhood,” featuring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech, at the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon.

    3. “National Anthem” – Actress, dancer and singer, Jadagrace, will perform the National Anthem prior to the Civil Rights Game.

    4. “America The Beautiful” – Grammy nominee and platinum recording artist Jeffrey Osborne will perform “America the Beautiful” during the 7th inning stretch.

    Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion – Thursday, May 29th at 12:30 p.m. (CT), Union Station at Minute Maid Park

    A panel of prominent individuals will discuss the pivotal role Baseball played in the civil rights movement and the game’s continued presence as a social institution, as well as present-day social issues affecting the country and the world. The Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion, which will be moderated by Harvard Law School Professor Dr. Charles Ogletree, will be streamed on MLB.com and Astros.com prior to the Civil Rights Game. The following are the participants scheduled for this year’s Roundtable Discussion:

    1. Ernest Green – Member of the “Little Rock Nine”

    2. Linda Alvarado – Member of the Colorado Rockies Ownership Group; Chief Executive Officer of Alvarado Construction

    3. Bob Kendrick – President, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    4. J.R. Richard – Houston Astros Legend

    5. Harold Reynolds – MLB Network Analyst; two-time MLB All-Star

    MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon – Friday, May 30th at Noon (CT), Hilton Americas Houston

    Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig will speak at the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, which will be held at Noon on Friday, May 30th at the Hilton Americas Houston. At the event, MLB will honor best-selling author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou, founder of Motown and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Berry Gordy and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown. The triumvirate will each receive an MLB Beacon Award, which recognizes individuals whose lives and actions have been emblematic of the spirit of the civil rights movement, and will be recognized on the field prior to the Civil Rights Game. Additionally, Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” will be the keynote speaker. Two Houston-based charities, the Houston Area Urban League and Change Happens!, will be the charitable beneficiaries of the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon.

    1. NOTE: MLB and the Astros will pay special tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education at the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon.

    Principal Sponsor of the Civil Rights Game and Ancillary Activities

    Houston-based law firm Andrews Kurth LLP will serve as the principal sponsor of the 2014 Civil Rights Game and ancillary activities. Recently, the firm was named a local recipient of the 8th Annual Jackie Robinson Day “Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner” Award from MLB, acknowledging the firm’s ongoing commitment to excellence and diversity.

    Since 1902, Andrews Kurth has built its practice on the belief that “straight talk is good business.” Real answers, clear vision and mutual respect define the firm’s relationships with clients, colleagues, communities and employees. With more than 400 lawyers across 10 offices worldwide, Andrews Kurth represents a wide array of clients in multiple industries. For more information about Andrews Kurth, please visit andrewskurth.com.

    ABOUT THE CIVIL RIGHTS GAME
    The Civil Rights Game and its ancillary activities are a series of events developed by MLB to pay tribute to those who fought on and off the field for equal rights for all Ameri­cans. This year’s event is another example of the Houston Astros supporting MLB initiatives geared toward high­lighting diversity throughout baseball.

    The 2014 Civil Rights Game is the eighth installation of an annual event that began in Memphis in 2007, centering on an exhibition game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians. After another exhibition game in Memphis in 2008, the Civil Rights Game moved to Cincinnati (2009-2010), then Atlanta (2011-2012) as regular season contests, and last year was hosted in Chicago by the White Sox. While much of the south was deeply affected during the civil rights movement with violence threatening the well-being of many, Houston played a vital role in achieving peaceful desegregation, making it a crucial part of the overall civil rights effort.


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    ON-FIELD DIVERSITY TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY INITIATIVES TO ADDRESS TALENT PIPELINE OF DIVERSE PLAYERS

    Former White Sox and Mets Manager Jerry Manuel Will Take On Expanded Role in Task Force’s Day-to-Day Efforts



    Major League Baseball’s On-Field Diversity Task Force, launched by Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, has set three preliminary priority initiatives that will guide the start of the Committee’s comprehensive long-term action plan, MLB announced today.

    In the months and years ahead, MLB will strive to address the talent pipeline that impacts the representation and development of the sport’s diverse players and on-field personnel, particularly focusing on African-Americans. The three broad initiatives now underway include:

    · (1) Expanding MLB’s reach and involvement with existing urban baseball initiatives, such as Jr. RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), the MLB Urban Youth Academies and various grassroots programs around the country;

    · (2) Implementing programs focused on improving the quality of coaching as a way to make the game more engaging, including the use of new initiatives and mobile coaching tools being developed; and

    · (3) Focusing MLB’s marketing reach on urban communities by using a variety of resources, including raising the profile of current and former Major Leaguers. These players would not only engage youth, families and their communities, but could also serve as coaches, program leaders or inspiring figures for youth in urban communities.

    MLB also announced today that Jerry Manuel, the former manager of the Chicago White Sox and the New York Mets, will take on an expanded role on the On-Field Diversity Task Force. Manuel will now serve as the day-to-day leader of the initiative under the direction of Task Force Chairman David Dombrowski, the President, CEO & General Manager of the Detroit Tigers.

    “The recommendations made by the On-Field Diversity Task Force result from extensive research, meetings and conversations with people of various disciplines and unique perspectives,” Commissioner Selig said. “I commend Dave Dombrowski and all members of the Task Force for their thoughtfulness regarding this complex situation, which will require strategic steps in order to reach a long-term solution. I believe that these recommendations mark the start of addressing our challenges and making the sport of Jackie Robinson more accessible to young players of all races.”

    Since the launch of the Task Force one year ago, the members have sought to better understand the challenges that have led to the declining number in recent decades. Some of their initial findings have included that:

    · In many areas, youth baseball can be an expensive and unavailable sport in urban areas due to:

    o the high cost of equipment;
    o insufficient exposure to leagues that teach game fundamentals;
    o a lack of urban training facilities; and
    o the proliferation of for-profit camps and showcases, which limit exposure for African-American players.

    · There is a shortage of active scouts and experienced coaches in dense African-American population centers.

    · Talented, young African-American athletes have chosen to pursue other sports over baseball, in part stemming from fewer collegiate scholarships that are available to baseball players.

    The Jr. RBI expansion will consist of a five-year outreach plan to markets where there are not currently Jr. RBI playing divisions, which are offered to young people ages 5 to 12. In addition to increasing participation numbers, this expansion will offer additional opportunities to existing RBI leagues with a new competitive element of Jr. RBI. The Jr. RBI playing divisions were created in 2009 as a friendly, non-competitive component of the RBI program in order to expand RBI participation ages from 13-18 to 5-18. The RBI program is Major League Baseball’s youth initiative designed to provide young people from urban and underserved communities with the opportunity to play baseball and softball, while also encouraging academic achievement and success and teaching the value of teamwork and other important life lessons. Since the creation of Jr. RBI playing divisions, participation in RBI has risen from 125,000 in 2009 to more than 220,000 in 2014. More than one million young people have participated in the RBI program since 1989.

    MLB Urban Youth Academies provide free, year-round baseball and softball instruction, as well as education opportunities in several other baseball-related concentrations, including umpiring, groundskeeping, broadcasting, journalism and public relations. Additionally, Academies offer educational support in the form of after-school tutoring, SAT prep and a book club for the youngest members. Each Academy features several fields of various regulations sizes as well as batting cages, pitching tunnels and an indoor facility where classrooms and administration offices are located. There are three Academies in operation in Compton (California), Houston (Texas) and New Orleans (Louisiana). Three more are in development in Cincinnati (Ohio), Hialeah (Florida) and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). MLB Urban Youth Academies have served more than 10,000 young people since 2006.

    Part of Manuel’s expanded role will be to oversee the day-to-day activation of the Task Force’s new initiatives. He played parts of five seasons in the Major Leagues as an infielder with the Detroit Tigers (1975-76), the Montreal Expos (1980-81) and the San Diego Padres (1982). After a long coaching career, Manuel led the Chicago White Sox from 1998-2003 and the New York Mets from 2008-2010. He was the BBWAA’s American League Manager of the Year in 2000, when he led the White Sox to an A.L.-best 95-67 record and the A.L. Central title. In parts of nine seasons, Manuel’s Clubs posted a mark of 704-684 (.507).

    Dombrowski said: “Jerry’s experience and energy will be tremendous daily assets to our Committee as we continue to examine the factors associated with diversity in our game. We have made progress over the last 12 months, and I am pleased that Jerry will now help us pursue a mission that is vital to our future.

    “These initial steps represent the beginning of a long-term process that we embrace. We also need to study additional educational opportunities, which would create stronger bonds with our game. Ultimately, we hope that our efforts will impact participation for youth of all backgrounds and communities where the economics of playing baseball and softball is beyond the means of their families.”

    Membership on the Task Force, which convenes regularly and presented to all Major League Clubs at MLB’s Industry Meetings in November 2013, includes representation from Club ownership, front offices, MLB’s Central Office, Minor League Baseball, former players, the Major League Baseball Players Association, the MLB Urban Youth Academies, the MLB Scouting Bureau, college baseball and academia.

    “All Major Leaguers, both past and present, are passionate about the game they play, and they are eager to share that passion with future generations of players, especially those residing in urban areas,” said MLBPA Executive Director, Tony Clark. “We look forward to working closely with the Diversity Task Force to help develop initiatives that make the game more accessible and affordable to minority populations. Unfortunately, and I think we can all agree, this is a very complex issue with a number of moving targets. However, bringing urban youth closer to the game and to those players they can relate to, is a natural first step toward re-engaging the next generation of young ballplayers.”

    Thirteen African-American players were selected in the first rounds of the 2012 and 2013 First-Year Player Drafts, and the selection of seven in 2012 was the most by total and percentage (7-of-31, 22.6%) since 1992. Approximately 60 alumni of both the RBI program and MLB Urban Youth Academies have been drafted the last two years.


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    MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DIVERSITY SUPPLIERS TO SPONSOR THE THIRD ANNUAL MLB DIVERSITY BUSINESS SUMMIT IN NEW YORK CITY

    RGMA, Proftech, SupplierGATEWAY, Vernalis and MDG Builders are Supporting The Premier Sports Diversity Employment and Business Opportunity Trade Fair Event will be held at the Manhattan Center and the New Yorker Hotel on April 14th & 15th



    Major League Baseball announced today that five of their leading diverse suppliers - RGMA, Proftech, SupplierGATEWAY, Vernalis and MDG Builders - will sponsor the third annual MLB Diversity Business Summit, the premier sports employment conference and supplier diversity trade fair. The MLB Diversity Business Summit uniquely and directly connects attendees with decision-makers for employment and business opportunities from all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media, Minor League Baseball Clubs and MLB’s Central Office in New York City.

    “We are very proud to have RGMA, Proftech, SupplierGATEWAY, Vernalis and MDG Builders participating at the sponsorship level with our Diversity Business Summit,” says Wendy Lewis, Senior Vice President, Diversity & Strategic Alliances, Major League Baseball. “These diverse-owned businesses have been an integral part of our Diverse Business Partners program, and we are thankful for their support as we collectively look to help entrepreneurs and job seekers achieve success.”

    As a result of their ongoing business relationship with MLB and MLB Clubs, RGMA, Proftech, SupplierGATEWAY, Vernalis and MDG Builders, have all steadily increased their business growth since linking with MLB’s Diverse Business Partners Program. RGMA, also known as the one of the nation’s leading supplier diversity firms, first partnered with MLB in 1998 and helped establish the Diverse Business Partners Program. Since its inception, the Diverse Business Partners program has led minority and women-owned companies to securing more than $1 billion in business with MLB and its Clubs.

    “MLB’s Diversity Business Summit is as impactful to diversity in sports off the field as Jackie Robinson was to sports on the field. So to be able join MLB as a sponsor for an event that is advancing minority and women-owned businesses is a dream come true,” says Ralph Moore, President of RGMA.

    For over ten years, Major League Baseball has turned to Vernalis to develop secure enterprise software solutions that address essential technology and business challenges. “The return on our investment with the Diversity Business Summit has been tremendous. The more you are invested in MLB as a business, the more you will gain out of the business relationship, and it has been an incredible achievement for our company to be able to play in the ‘big leagues’ with a company as major as MLB,” says Nate Hanafy, Managing Director for Vernalis.

    Additionally, SupplierGATEWAY, a web-based registration and vendor data portal system, manages diversity suppliers and vender processes for MLB and several other Clubs. MDG Builders, real-estate developers and general contractors, was the premier, minority vendor throughout the construction process of the current Yankee Stadium. Proftech, one of the nation’s largest Hispanic-owned office product suppliers, has been a long-time supplier to MLB and a number of its Clubs.

    This year’s Diversity Business Summit, co-hosted by the New York Yankees, will be held in New York City on Monday, April 14th and Tuesday, April 15th, which is Jackie Robinson Day throughout Major League Baseball. Various elements of the third annual MLB Diversity Business Summit include a keynote speech by Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, league-wide networking, matchmaking sessions for entrepreneurs, interviews for job seekers, panel discussions, workshops and more. Additionally, the Yankees will host attendees at Yankee Stadium for the Welcome Reception on April 14th and the Jackie Robinson Day Interleague game between the Yankees and the Chicago Cubs on April 15th. As a part of Jackie Robinson Day ceremonies, the Yankees will honor Nelson Mandela with a dedication of a plaque in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park.

    Individuals interested in attending the Summit can visit MLB.com/diversitysummit to register and learn more about the 2014 MLB Diversity Business Summit.

    For more information, please follow the MLB Diversity Business Summit on Twitter (@MLB_DBS) and Facebook (Facebook.com/DiversityBusinessSummit).


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    ROBIN ROBERTS NAMED KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR THE MLB BEACON AWARDS LUNCHEON AS PART OF THE 2014 CIVIL RIGHTS GAME CO-HOSTED BY THE HOUSTON ASTROS

    Singer/Songwriter Aloe Blacc and Grammy Award-Winning Violinist/Producer Miri Ben-Ari Will Perform at the Event, Which Will Honor Dr. Maya Angelou, Berry Gordy and Jim Brown Blacc will also Perform On-Field at Minute Maid Park Prior to the Civil Rights Game


    Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” will be the keynote speaker at the Beacon Awards Luncheon, where Dr. Maya Angelou, Berry Gordy and Jim Brown will be honored, as part of the series of events for the 2014 Civil Rights Game, co-hosted by the Houston Astros. Additionally, singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc will perform one song and, in the spirit of the event, Grammy Award-winning violinist and UN Goodwill Ambassador Miri Ben-Ari will perform her song Symphony of Brotherhood, featuring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the iconic “I Have A Dream” speech. Tickets for the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, which will be on Friday, May 30th (Noon Central Time) at the Hilton of the Americas, are available at MLB.com/civilrightsgame and Astros.com/civilrightsgame.

    Civil Rights Game



    Blacc will also perform two songs on-field prior to the Civil Rights Game at Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros, and part of his performance will air on MLB Network. The MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon is one of the Civil Rights Game events, which were developed by MLB to pay tribute to those who fought on and off the field for equal rights for all Americans. Accordingly, the MLB Beacon Awards recognize individuals whose lives and actions have been emblematic of the spirit of the civil rights movement. Proceeds from the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon will benefit charities to be announced at a later date. The 2014 Civil Rights Game will be played between the Astros and the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park on Friday, May 30th, airing nationally on MLB Network.

    Robin Roberts is co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” bringing more than 20 years of broadcast experience to the Emmy Award-winning show. Since joining the program in 2005, she has conducted headline-making interviews with countless musicians, authors, athletes and celebrities. In addition to her daily contributions to “GMA,” Roberts has done extensive reporting around the globe including a trip to the Middle East with former First Lady Laura Bush, who was on a mission to raise awareness about breast cancer in the Muslim world, to Africa with former President Bill Clinton for a first-hand look at the AIDS crisis in that part of the word, to Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake and much more. Prior to joining ABC, she was a contributor to ESPN for 15 years and was one of the network’s most versatile commentators including hosting “SportsCenter” and contributing to NFL Primetime.

    Roberts is an inspiration to many, having used personal challenges and triumphs to raise awareness of important issues around the world. In recognition of her very public and courageous battles against breast cancer and more recently a rare bone marrow disease, she has been acknowledged with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including: The Susan G. Komen Foundation; The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program; and Gilda’s Club, a non-profit organization founded by the late Joel Siegel. She also received the 2013 Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards on July 16th, 2013.

    Aloe Blacc will release his major-label debut album titled Lift Your Spirit on Tuesday, March 11th on XIX Recordings/Interscope Records. The set follows Blacc’s collaboration as vocalist and co-writer on well-known DJ/producer Avicii’s track Wake Me Up, a song that hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on its Hot Dance Club Songs and Dance/Electronic Songs charts, as well as topping charts in more than 100 countries. Blacc’s five-track “Wake Me Up” EP came out last September and included an acoustic version of the title track. Blacc’s current single, The Man, which is featured in the new Beats by Dre national TV campaign, is quickly climbing to the top of the charts with more than one million singles sold. Blacc is featured in the line-up for this April’s Coachella festival and will be touring the U.S. this summer with Bruno Mars. To learn more about Aloe Blacc, visit www.aloeblacc.com and follow him on Twitter (@aloeblacc).

    Miri Ben-Ari is a Grammy Award-winning violinist/producer, UN Goodwill Ambassador, humanitarian and the Global Brand Ambassador of Harman Kardon. Originally from Israel, she is a recognized musical pioneer, having created her own unique sound – a revolutionary fusion of classical, soul and dance music. She has worked with artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z and Armin Van Buuren and has been honored by First Lady, Michelle Obama at the White House as a “Remarkable Woman.” Ben-Ari is the CEO and co-founder of “Gedenk,” a nonprofit dedicated to promoting awareness of the Jewish Holocaust among young people. To learn more about Miri Ben-Ari visit www.miribenari.com, visit Facebook.com/MiriBenAri and follow her on Twitter (@MiriBenAri).


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    'Champions'


    A moving spoken-word tribute to athletes who broke down barriers. This Black History Month video is a collaboration between FOX Sports and poet Raliq Bashard.







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    The Park Circle Film Society and Community Cinema Charleston present
    The Trials of Muhammad Ali


    - Sunday, February 16 @ 4:00 pm
    Old Village Community Building
    4820 Jenkins Avenue
    North Charleston -


    The Trials of Muhammad Ali



    From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, from his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent. Directed by Academy Award-nominated director Bill Siegel, The Trials of Muhammad Ali examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience.

    Watch a preview >

    "Richly textured and exhaustively researched. . . fresh clips and new voices that make Ali come alive. . . a gift." — Sports Illustrated

    "An intriguing portrait of a man who never wavered, no matter what the world threw at him, which was a lot." — Kenneth Turan, NPR Morning Edition

    "This is a special film. It should be treasured by anyone who cares about sports, politics, the 1960s or the vivacious, loquacious, bodacious Muhammad Ali." — Dave Zirin, The Nation

    This event is free and open to the public.


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    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas


    Last night Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas was spotted enjoying an intimate dinner with family at STK Downtown. She's in town this week for her latest gig as a 2014 Super Bowl Correspondent for Inside Edition

    The Olympic Gymnast was reported as very well mannered and sweet, spending most of the night deep in conversation with her mom. Dressed casually in a bright red blazer and hair blown out in curls, Douglas enjoyed a delicious small Filet for dinner after sharing the infamous Lil Burgers with her family.

    Douglas a member of the U.S Women's Gymnastic rose to fame when she competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she took home two gold medals in the team all-around and individual all-around - becoming the first African-American to do so.

    On Saturday Lifetime will premiere the “The Gabby Douglas Story,” which focuses on her younger years as a gymnast leading up to the 2013 Summer Olympics.


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    MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND THE NEW YORK YANKEES TO CO-HOST THIRD ANNUAL MLB DIVERSITY BUSINESS SUMMIT AROUND JACKIE ROBINSON DAY

    - The Diversity Employment and Business Opportunity Career and Trade Fair Will be held April 14th and 15th at the Manhattan Center and the New Yorker Hotel -


    Major League Baseball announced today that it will partner with the New York Yankees to co-host the 2014 MLB Diversity Business Summit, which will provide attendees with unprecedented access to human resource and procurement executives from all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media, Minor League Baseball Clubs and MLB’s Central Office, in New York City. Various elements of the third annual MLB Diversity Business Summit will be held on Monday, April 14th and Tuesday, April 15th, which is Jackie Robinson Day throughout Major League Baseball, at the Manhattan Center and the New Yorker Hotel. Individuals may now visit MLB.com/diversitysummit to register and learn more about the 2014 MLB Diversity Business Summit.

    “Diversity and inclusion throughout Major League Baseball are central priorities for our industry and are essential to future success,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “Through the MLB Diversity Business Summit, we are taking innovative steps to provide unprecedented access for individuals who aspire to careers in our game or hope to find other valuable opportunities with our organizations.”

    “The Yankees have always been committed to maintaining a diverse workplace in every facet of the organization — from the field to the front office to the workforce of men and women who constructed the current Yankee Stadium,” said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. “It is an honor for us to be involved with the MLB Diversity Business Summit, and we look forward to hosting the many talented attendees looking to launch their careers in the game of Baseball as well as the business owners and entrepreneurs who are seeking partnerships with Major League Baseball and its teams.”

    The MLB Diversity Business Summit is a unique sports employment and business opportunity career and trade fair that provides job seekers and entrepreneurs with opportunities to connect directly with decision-makers for employment and business opportunities at Major and Minor League Clubs, as well as well those from MLB media entities. The agenda for the event will include a keynote speech by Commissioner Selig, league-wide networking, exhibit floor access, workshops and executive roundtable discussions. Additionally, the Yankees will host attendees at Yankee Stadium for the Welcome Reception (April 14th) and the April 15th Jackie Robinson Day Interleague game between the Yankees and the Chicago Cubs. As a part of Jackie Robinson Day ceremonies, the Yankees will honor Nelson Mandela with a dedication of a plaque in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park. The plaque will celebrate the life of the former South African leader and commemorate his Yankee Stadium visit and address on June 21, 1990.

    The first two MLB Diversity Business Summits were held in Chicago in 2012 (co-hosted by the Chicago White Sox) and in Houston in 2013 (co-hosted by the Houston Astros), and, in total, attracted approximately 1,500 registrants from across the United States.

    For more information, please follow the MLB Diversity Business Summit on Twitter (@MLB_DBS) and Facebook (Facebook.com/DiversityBusinessSummit).


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    HOUSTON ASTROS TO HOST THE 2014 CIVIL RIGHTS GAME
    Regular Season Game vs. the Baltimore Orioles Scheduled for May 30, 2014
    Additional Civil Rights Game Activities Include MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon,
    Baseball & the Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion, and Youth-Focused Event


    Major League Baseball today announced that the Houston Astros will host the 2014 Civil Rights Game and ancillary activities, a series of events developed by MLB to pay tribute to those who fought on and off the field for equal rights for all Americans. The event is another example of the Houston Astros supporting MLB initiatives geared toward highlighting diversity throughout baseball.

    The 2014 Civil Rights Game will be played between the Astros and the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park on May 30, 2014, airing nationally on MLB Network. Ancillary activities such as the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, the Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion and a youth baseball and softball event will all take place that week. Ticket sales and more information on the 2014 Civil Rights Game and ancillary events will be made available at a later date on MLB.com/civilrightsgame and Astros.com/civilrightsgame.

    “I am pleased to announce the Houston Astros, who have demonstrated a substantial commitment to supporting diversity throughout our industry, as the hosts of Major League Baseball’s 2014 Civil Rights Game,” Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig said. “The Civil Rights Game and its surrounding events are an opportunity not only for our game to honor those who have fought for equality throughout American history, but also to remind us that the battle against injustice continues. As a social institution that features unprecedented diversity of all races and ethnicities throughout our sport, we are proud to join the Astros in remembering this important era in history.”

    “The Astros are honored to host the 2014 Civil Rights Game,” said Jim Crane, Owner & Chairman, Houston Astros. “We have been pleased to support Major League Baseball’s many initiatives over the past two seasons and look forward to continuing to do so. The Civil Rights Game and its activities are a great way for us to honor those that have fought for equality in the past, and to promote diversity and opportunity in our game moving forward.”

    In addition to the 2014 Civil Rights Game at Minute Maid Park, several events will take place throughout the week, including:

    Baseball & the Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion
    A group of prominent participants will discuss the pivotal role Baseball played in the civil rights movement and the game’s continued presence as a social institution in American society. Previous panelists have included Martin Luther King III, human rights activist and eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Sharon Robinson, MLB Educational Programming Consultant and daughter of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson; Dolores Huerta, activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers; Ambassador Shabazz, ambassador-at-large for Belize and eldest daughter of Malcolm X; Branch Rickey III, Pacific Coast League President and grandson of the late Branch Rickey; Thomas Tull, Chairman & CEO of Legendary Entertainment and Producer of the featured film “42”; Arte Moreno, Principal Owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; Kenny Williams, Executive Vice President of the Chicago White Sox; Hall of Famers Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, and Dave Winfield; Dodgers legend Don Newcombe; Hall of Fame journalist and MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons; and MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds, among others. The Baseball & the Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion will be streamed on MLB.com and Astros.com prior to the Civil Rights Game.

    MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon
    The MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon will honor the recipients of this year’s MLB Beacon Awards, which recognize individuals whose lives are emblematic of the spirit of the civil rights movement. Past recipients of MLB Beacon Awards include: Hall of Famers Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Ernie Banks; and also Buck O’Neil, Don Newcombe, Bo Jackson, Muhammad Ali, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Ruby Dee, Aretha Franklin, Morgan Freeman, John H. Johnson, Billie Jean King, Spike Lee, Congressman John Lewis, Carlos Santana, three of the founding members of Earth, Wind & Fire, and Vera Clemente, MLB Goodwill Ambassador and wife of the late Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente. Keynote speakers at previous MLB Beacon Award events have included Commissioner Selig, President Bill Clinton, Ambassador Andrew Young, Reverend Joseph Lowery, Julian Bond and Michael Wilbon.

    Youth Clinic
    The youth baseball and softball clinic is an event designed to give young players locally the opportunity to interact with and learn from current and former players. Interactive aspects will include batting cages, pitching machines and baserunning stations.

    ABOUT THE CIVIL RIGHTS GAME
    The 2014 Civil Rights Game is the eighth installation of an annual event that began in Memphis in 2007, centering on an exhibition game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians. After another exhibition game in Memphis in 2008, the Civil Rights Game moved to Cincinnati (2009-2010), then Atlanta (2011-2012) as regular season contests, and last year was hosted in Chicago by the White Sox. While much of the south was deeply affected during the Civil Rights Movement with violence threatening the well-being of many, Houston played a vital role in achieving peaceful desegregation, making it a crucial part of the overall civil rights effort.

    ABOUT THE HOUSTON ASTROS & MLB DIVERSITY INITIATIVES
    In 2010, the Houston Astros became the first MLB Club to have its own MLB Urban Youth Academy, which is a network of MLB facilities around the country that provide free, year-round baseball and softball instruction to young people from underserved and urban areas. They also provide educational and baseball vocation training programs for Academy participants. The Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy has attracted approximately 1,300 participants this year. In 2012, the Astros hosted the fifth annual Urban Invitational, a nationally-televised, round-robin collegiate baseball tournament designed by MLB to give Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and their baseball programs, national exposure. The Club again hosted the event in 2013. Additionally, the Astros were the co-hosts of the second annual MLB Diversity Business Summit, MLB’s sports employment and business opportunity career and trade fair that provides attendees with unprecedented access to human resource and procurement executives from all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media, Minor League Baseball Clubs and MLB’s Central Office. Also in 2013, the Club hosted the sixth annual Breakthrough Series, which is a collegiate and professional scouting showcase featuring a diverse group of some of the top high school baseball players in the country.


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    Chris and Adrienne Bosh welcomed a new addition this morning at 5:55 am, a daughter named Dylan Skye Bosh. She weighed 6lbs 14 oz. and was 19 inches long.

    - Mother and baby are doing great and her brother Jackson (1), and sister Trinity (5), can’t wait to meet her. -


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    (BPRW) ASPiRE ACQUIRES ‘INSIDE THE GAME’ THE NATION’S LONGEST-RUNNING SPORTS SHOW DEVOTED TO HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

    - Weekly Sports Series Hosted by ESPN’s Stan Lewter Debuts on Friday, October 4 at 10 p.m. EDT -


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – ATLANTA – October 3, 2013 —ASPiRE (@tvASPiRE) has acquired national cable rights to “Inside the Game” the nation’s longest-running sports highlights show devoted exclusively to Historically Black Colleges and University’s (HBCUs). Hosted by ESPN host/analyst/producer Stan Lewter the series provides viewers with football and basketball highlights, interviews and features from HBCU institutions around the country. “Inside the Game” will make its ASPiRE premiere on Friday, October 4 at 10 p.m. EDT and will run weekly in that time slot with encore airings on Saturdays at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The series is produced by Urban Sports & Entertainment Group.

    Now in its 17th year, “Inside the Game” is the source for weekly HBCU sports highlights from Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and independent schools, taking viewers to the heart of HBCU sports with highlights, tailgating, cheerleaders, bands, player profiles and HBCU legends.

    Paul Butler, general manager, ASPiRE, said, “'Inside the Game' celebrates the great sporting traditions of HBCUs, which have produced many of America’s finest and most revered athletes. We look forward to brining our viewers all the drama and excitement of today’s HBCU football and basketball programs, and showcasing the pro stars of tomorrow.”

    Lewter said, “Teaming up with ASPiRE is a great opportunity for us to extend our presence in households interested in the great quality of competition and fierce rivalries that are the hallmark of HBCU sports.”

    About ASPiRE
    ASPiRE is a television network targeted to African-Americans and celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of our past, our now and our next. ASPiRE offers a diverse programming mix of movies, series and specials featuring music, comedy, drama, faith/inspiration, theater/performing arts, lifestyle and news/information. The network was launched June 27, 2012 by Magic Johnson Enterprises, which acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. ASPiRE is available in approximately 16 million homes in 21 of the top 25 African-American markets including New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Washington, DC. through Comcast and Time Warner. For more information, visit www.aspire.tv, facebook.com/aspireTV and on Twitter @tvaspire.

    About Magic Johnson Enterprises
    Magic Johnson Enterprises acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. For more information, visit http://magicjohnson.com/enterprises.


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    Jessie Armstead Former Giants All Pro Linebacker (co-owner of Englewood Cliffs Cadillac & Hamilton Honda)

    - Receives The Man of The Year Award at the Giants 2013 Big Blue BBQ Benefiting The Touchdown Fund -


    (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey – September 25, 2013) Former Giants All-Pro linebacker, Jessie Armstead, received The Man of The Year Award at the Giants 2013 Big Blue BBQ benefiting The Touchdown Fund on September 16th at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey. Armstead was presented with the Man of the Year Award by John K. Mara, President and Chief Executive Office of the Giants, who described Armstead as “an exemplary player and exceptional person.” Mara explained how Armstead never said no when given the opportunity to help others or provide service, whether visiting a child in a hospital or making a generous contribution to charity.


    (L to R) Man of the Year Recipient, Former Giants All Pro Linebacker,
    Jessie Armstead and John Mara, President and
    Chief Executive Officer of the Giants


    Best known as a linebacker who played 12 seasons in the NFL, most notably with the New York Giants. Armstead was named to five Pro Bowls, and helped the organization to wins in Super Bowl XLII and XLVI as a member of the front office staff. Armstead was joined at the Big Blue BBQ by former teammates including Keith Hamilton and Roman Oben and as well as current Giants team members including: Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul and David Bass. Michael Strahan, who was in the video presentation, named Armstead as his favorite teammate and the most instinctive and expressive Giant he had ever played with.

    Upon receiving the award, Armstead expressed just how thankful he was for all of his blessings and how it is in fact his gratitude that fuels his philanthropic efforts.

    “My family and I have been blessed in so many ways. ‘The Big Blue’ has taught me how to respect and play the ‘game’ right – both on and off the field. The principles I learned from the Giants – always give your best, through community and service—I apply to all avenues of my life. I am truly grateful for this honor”

    The awards reception was part of the full day, 2013 New York Giants Big Blue BBQ, which not only marked the annual kick off to what will be an outstanding season, but raised money and awareness for children with heart defects and cancer via The Touchdown Fund. The Touchdown Fund is an exclusive charitable partnership, a first of its kind for the New York Giants, which raises funds for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital, the Heart & Vascular Hospital, and the John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC. The Touchdown Fund is an official partnership of the New York Football Giants and Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation.


    (L to R) Former Giant Player, Keith Hamilton,
    Man of the Year Recipient, Former Giants All Pro Linebacker,
    Jessie Armstead and Former Giant Player, Roman Pierre-Oben


    About Jessie Armstead: Jessie Armstead is the co-owner of Hamilton Honda, in Hamilton, NJ, and Englewood Cliffs Cadillac, in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. He is best known as a former linebacker who played 11 seasons in the NFL, most notably with the New York Giants, earning five Pro Bowl selections. He is also a member of the New York Giants Ring of Honor. Armstead continues to work with The Giants as special assistant and consultant.

    He is also an active supporter of the Children’s Miracle Network, Jimmy’s Fund, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, YWCA, SKOR and Ryan’s Quest. Additionally, YMCA honored Armstead with its prestigious 2010 Community Enrichment Award. http://jessiearmsteadnews.com/


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    Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jesse Owens


    - We have just launched a campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds to record a CD to mark Jesse's centenary, featuring the music of Michael Stimpson, the composer who has written an opera and a song cycle commemorating the American athlete's remarkable life.

    The CD will feature
    1. a recording of The Sharecropper's Son, the song cycle about Jesse's life, scored for baritone, soprano, and piano;

    2. instrumental music from the opera Jesse Owens on which the song cycle is based (to be recorded by the outstanding Philharmonia Orchestra);

    3. A recent piano work of Michael's, Preludes In Our Time, to be recorded by the wonderful Japanese pianist Megumi Fujita.

     Jesse Owens



    Visit Jesse's Kickstarter project page here to find out more and to make your donation.

    A donation of just £15 will secure you a copy of the CD once it is recorded. In return for a donation of £60 as well as the CD, you will get a ticket to the launch concert and reception to be held in London in June/July 2014. Other rewards are available for both smaller and larger donations. Or of course you can just donate for the sheer love of it.

    Jesse Owens, consistently described as the greatest Olympian ever, won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1976.

    Please do forward this email on to anyone you think may also be interested in helping to bring this CD into being.

    www.michaelstimpson.co.uk


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    Tennis Legends Serve Up Tributes to Honor Icon Althea Gibson


    FLUSHING, NY — Tomorrow, on the grounds of the U.S. Open, tennis legends Billie Jean King and Katrina Adams will pay tribute at a 10 a.m. First-Day-of-Issuance Forever stamp dedication ceremony honoring tennis legend Althea Gibson as the 36th inductee into the Postal Service’s Black Heritage stamp series.

    The event, free and open to the public, will take place near the plaque honoring Gibson that is located at the south entrance of the U.S. Tennis Association Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Court of Champions.

     tennis legend Althea Gibson

    Beginning Fri., Aug. 23, customers may purchase the Althea Gibson Forever stamp at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

    The Postal Service will also honor Gibson at a special 10 a.m. stamp dedication ceremony Sat., Aug. 24 at the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex, located at the Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark, NJ.

    “I’m excited that the Postal Service is releasing a Forever stamp that honors the legacy of my friend, Althea Gibson,” said King. “Her achievements served as a catalyst for equality in sports and in life and I am honored to participate in this historic event.”

    As the first African-American tennis player to win one of the four major singles tournaments, Althea Gibson (1927–2003) helped integrate her sport at the height of the civil rights movement. She twice won Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships (now known as the U.S. Open) and became the top-ranked player in the world.

    King and Adams will join U.S. Postal Service Judicial Officer William Campbell and U.S. Tennis Association Director at Large Chanda Rubin and a host of other professional athletes and coaches in the dedication ceremony.

    “Althea Gibson was impossible to ignore,” said Campbell. “Her achievements demanded Americans everywhere pay attention — and pay attention they did. She opened doors that other African-American tennis players would one day walk through — including Arthur Ashe, Katrina Adams, Chanda Rubin and the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena.”

    The stamp, which features an action shot of Gibson, emphasizes two of her notable characteristics: grace and athleticism. Designed by Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, the stamp features an oil-on-wood painting of Gibson by artist Kadir Nelson of Los Angeles, CA. The art is based on a photograph taken at Wimbledon.

    The Making of the Icon
    Gibson was born Aug., 25, 1927 in Silver, SC. As a young child, she was sent to New York City to live with her aunt Sally. Gibson’s parents, Annie and Daniel, eventually migrated north as well, settling in an apartment on West 143rd Street in Harlem.

    As a child, Gibson fared well in New York’s Police Athletic League (PAL) paddle tennis competitions. Musician Buddy Walker, who worked during summers as a play leader for the PAL, saw potential in Gibson. He purchased a few used tennis rackets and gave them to her. Later, she was formally introduced to the game at Harlem's Cosmopolitan Club, a hub for black tennis players.

    In 1942, Gibson entered — and won — her first tournament, the New York State Open Championship. The event was sponsored by the American Tennis Association (ATA), the country’s black tennis circuit. Gibson went on to win the ATA junior championship in both 1944 and 1945. By 1946, Gibson was competing at the women’s level. She dominated the ATA in the late-1940s and earned her high school diploma in June 1949.

    Soon after graduation, she entered Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee on an athletic scholarship. In college, she played basketball and also kept her tennis skills sharp. The latter came in handy in 1950, when Gibson got her first real shot at the big time. Perhaps she was spurred on by an American Lawn Tennis editorial written by former tennis champ Alice Marble — an ardent Gibson backer and supporter of equal rights. The United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA) accepted her application to play in that summer’s United States Championships (now known as the U.S. Open) in Forest Hills, NY. Gibson, the first African-American ever to enter that tournament, advanced to the second round. In 1951, she once again made history, becoming the first black player to enter Wimbledon.

    In 1953, Gibson graduated from Florida A&M and took a job teaching physical education at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO. For the next few years, her USLTA ranking fluctuated. She mulled joining the Women's Army Corps in order to support herself and her family. Still, she hadn't forgotten about tennis.

    Around that time, coach Sydney Llewellyn began helping Gibson reshape her game. Gibson also received support from friend Rosemary Darben, a player on the ATA circuit. Throughout the 1950s, Gibson lived with the Darben family in Montclair, NJ.

    In 1955, Gibson received an invitation from the State Department to join a delegation of American tennis stars for a public relations tour of Asia. The trip proved to be invaluable. She bonded with her fellow players and, in the process, gained confidence and on-court savvy.

    She built on the experience, stringing together an impressive run of victories in Asia and Europe. In 1956, she captured the French Championships (now known as the French Open) in Paris and became the first African-American of either gender to win one of the four major singles tournaments. Gibson also teamed up with Angela Buxton to win the doubles crown. The victories were vital for Gibson, who was well aware of the burden she carried.

    “No matter how hard I tried to think of myself as just another person, I was constantly being confronted with proof that I wasn’t, that I was a special sort of person — a Negro with a certain amount of international importance. It was pleasant to think about but very hard to live with,” Gibson wrote in I Always Wanted to Be Somebody, her autobiography. “It was a strain, always trying to say and do the right thing, so that I wouldn't give people the wrong idea of what Negroes are like.”

    Still, Gibson pressed on, earning a measure of stardom in the midst of the civil rights movement. She achieved perhaps the most famous victory of her career on July 6, 1957, prevailing in the Wimbledon final in straight sets. Afterward, Gibson shouted, “At last! At last!” During the trophy ceremony, she was greeted by Queen Elizabeth II. When Gibson returned to New York, the city threw her a ticker-tape parade. The good times continued that summer. In August, she appeared on the cover of Time magazine. On Sept. 8, Gibson cruised to victory in the final of the U.S. Championships to win the tournament for the first time.

    Gibson, the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 1957 and 1958, had become the top-ranked player in the world. In 1958, she successfully defended her titles both at Wimbledon and at the U.S. Championships. She turned professional soon after, ending her amateur career with five major singles titles and six major doubles titles.

    Gibson's days as a competitive athlete, however, were not over. In 1959 and 1960, she toured with the Harlem Globetrotters, playing before their games against fellow tennis star Karol Fageros. In 1958 she released an album called Althea Gibson Sings and performed on The Ed Sullivan Show. She also became the first African American to qualify for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour. She played many LPGA tournaments in the 1960s.

    In 1971, Gibson was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She later worked in athletics for the state of New Jersey, where she made her home. She died Sept. 28, 2003, at the age of 76.

    Many of this year’s other stamps may be viewed on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, via Twitter at @USPSstamps or at beyondtheperf.com/2013-preview.

    First-Day-of-Issue Postmark
    Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. Customers may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, the Postal Store website at usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in larger envelopes addressed to:

    Althea Gibson Stamp
    Postmaster
    421 Eighth Avenue, Rm. 2029B
    New York, NY 10199-9998

    After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, the price is 5 cents each. All orders must be postmarked by Oct. 23, 2013.



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    Portion of proceeds from artist’s sale to benefit The Jackie Robinson Foundation


    - Texas artist Gregory Truett Smith to offer limited edition print reproductions of masterwork “He Floated Like an Angel – Portrait of Jackie Robinson World Series 1955” -

    AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 8, 2013) Fans of the movie “42”, as well as sports fans and baseball aficionados, will at last have the opportunity to own a limited edition print reproduction of artist Gregory Truett Smith’s rendering of famous African-American baseball player Jackie Robinson.

    The original painting, titled “He Floated Like an Angel – Portrait of Jackie Robinson World Series 1955” sold at a Santa Fe gallery for $20,000 in November 1996. In May 2011, the artist made a gift of a 48” X 30” on canvas reproduction of the original painting to Mrs. Rachel Robinson, widow of the late baseball legend.

    “He Floated Like an Angel – Portrait of Jackie Robinson World Series 1955”

    “What a wonderfully creative tribute to my husband Jack,” said Rachel Robinson of the painting of her late husband. “Gregory’s inspiring work hangs proudly on my wall.”

    “The racial conflicts of the 1960’s had a direct influence on my work, particularly in ‘He Floated Like An Angel’,” states Gregory Truett Smith. “I believe these reproductions will appeal not only to sports fans and baseball fans, but to many people who followed the stories and histories of African-Americans struggling for equality during that very pivotal period of American history.”

    Signed and numbered reproductions of the painting go on sale on July 8, 2013. The artist will offer three different sizes in limited editions of 150 each, with prices ranging from $485 to $685, as well as one size on canvas in a limited edition of 50, priced at $2,500. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the artwork are being donated by the artist to The Jackie Robinson Foundation, one of the nation’s premier education and leadership programs boasting a nearly 100 percent graduation rate, more than twice national average for minority students.

    Recently, the movie “42” has created a new awareness of the baseball icon, who signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940’s and went on to become the first African-American player to break the color barrier in American professional baseball. With the success of the film, online sales of the limited edition reproductions at the artist’s website at www.splendidrocketstudios.com/jackierobinsonlimitedoffer are expected to be brisk -- and brief.

    About The Jackie Robinson Foundation
    Established in 1973, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is the nation's premier education and leadership development program. Transcending financial assistance, the Foundation equips its scholarship recipients with a comprehensive set of support services including internship placement, career guidance, and practical life skills, resulting in a nearly 100% graduation rate, more than twice the national average for minority students. The over 1,400 JRF alumni are both leaders in their professional fields and consummate ambassadors of Jackie Robinson's legacy of community service. This 2012-2013 academic year, JRF is providing generous financial aid and program support to 181 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars representing 30 states and the District of Columbia and enrolled in 87 different colleges and universities across the country.

    About Gregory Truett Smith
    Gregory Truett Smith is a graphic, fine art and commercial illustrator whose clientele includes The Austin American Statesman, The Hearst Corporation, National Basketball Association, The American Heart Association, Texas Monthly, and the Wall Street Journal. The artist’s professional background includes stints as a full-time artist at two major television broadcast stations as well as a promotion artist and editorial illustrator for a major newspaper company. Fueled by “boyhood dreams, heroes and growing up in America” during the tumultuous 1960’s, his portfolio, which features an image of “He Floated Like an Angel”, can be found online at www.splendidrocketstudios.com

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    WHITE HOUSE HONORS 1963 NCAA CHAMPS; NEW BOOK CHRONICLES HISTORIC TEAM’S IMPORTANCE IN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

    Chicago, IL—The 1963 Loyola Chicago men’s basketball team was honored by President Obama at the White House today for its historic NCAA championship title and its role in challenging discrimination in athletics. The team’s remarkable journey is told in full in RAMBLERS: Loyola Chicago 1963—The Team that Changed the Color of College Basketball, by Michael Lenehan (Agate Midway, 2013).

    At a time when many college teams were not yet integrated, and some all-white teams were even forbidden from playing integrated teams, the Loyola Chicago Ramblers fielded an unprecedented four African-American starters in a championship game. They defeated the two-time defending champion Cincinnati Bearcats to win the 1963 NCAA title in a thrilling, come-from-behind buzzer-beater for the ages.

    Ramblers tells the story of the Loyola Chicago Ramblers, the Cincinnati Bearcats, and the Mississippi State Bulldogs, a team who defied an unwritten ban on playing against integrated teams by sneaking out of town to participate in the 1963 NCAA tournament. But Ramblers is not just a basketball story. Rather, it goes deeper to illuminate how sports in America both typify and drive change in the broader culture, especially in the tumultuous Civil Rights era. The social and historical realities of the 1950s and 1960s are brought to stark life in Lenehan’s telling, illustrating the challenges all of these teams confronted in the effort simply to play their game against the worthiest opponents. At its heart, Ramblers is a profound story about American history, culture, and society at a dramatic crossroads.

    Michael Lenehan is a Chicago-based writer and editor who for many years was the chief editorial executive at the Chicago Reader. He is a former editor for the Atlantic and has written for Chicago Magazine and the New York Times Book Review, among others. His Atlantic article “Four Ways to Walk a Dog” was a finalist for the National Magazine Award. He lives in Chicago.


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    MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED REVIVING BASEBALL IN INNER CITIES PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2013 JR. RBI CLASSIC DURING MLB ALL-STAR WEEK

    Friendly, Round-Robin Tournament Will Be Played July 12th-15th
    On Baseball and Softball Fields throughout Queens, NY
    Off-field Experiences to Include Participating in All-Star Week Events, Meeting Current and Former Major Leaguers and Rooming on a College Campus




    More than one hundred young baseball and softball players in the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program will participate in the 5th annual Jr. RBI Classic, a friendly, round-robin tournament held each year during MLB All-Star Week. The event provides the kids (ages 11-12 from Jr. RBI playing divisions) with the opportunity to participate in MLB All-Star Week events and other off-field experiences, including rooming on a college campus and meeting current and former Major Leaguers. The tournament will be played from July 12th to July 15th on fields throughout Queens, NY, the host city borough of the 84th MLB All-Star Game, and will feature RBI leagues from around the country including several local programs from Harlem (NY), Hartford (CT) and Newark (NJ).

    Following are the cities (and RBI leagues) represented in the 2013 Jr. RBI Classic:

    · Denver, Colorado (Colorado Rockies RBI) – Softball

    · Detroit, Michigan (Detroit PAL RBI) – Softball

    · Hartford, Connecticut (Mayor Mike Peters RBI) – Baseball

    · Houston, Texas (South Central Sportz RBI/St. Monica Youth Sports Ministry RBI) – Baseball

    · Greenbelt, Maryland (Prince George’s County Boys & Girls Club RBI) – Baseball

    · Los Angeles, California (Los Angeles Recreation & Parks RBI) – Baseball

    · New York, New York (Harlem RBI) – Softball

    · Newark, New Jersey (Newark RBI) – Baseball

    · Norfolk, Virginia (City of Norfolk RBI) – Baseball

    · Reading, Pennsylvania (Olivet Boys & Girls Club RBI) – Softball

    · Syracuse, New York (Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse RBI) – Baseball

    “The Jr. RBI Classic offers young participants of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program a comprehensive and enriching experience,” said David James, Director of the RBI program. “This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will give these kids the chance to meet peers from other parts of the country, stay on a college campus and participate in All-Star Week events. For many of these young people, this experience, all in the backdrop of the Midsummer Classic, will open their eyes to a world of possibilities, and we are proud to be a part of that.”

    MLB will be supplying the teams with uniforms, equipment and All-Star apparel. Additionally, the young athletes will have the opportunity to attend many All-Star events such as T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game and the Chevrolet Home Run Derby. Jr. RBI Classic players will also get the chance to meet MLB All-Star players, former Major Leaguers and celebrities, including Darryl “DMC” Matthews McDaniels from the legendary hip-hop group Run DMC at a Brooklyn Cyclones game early on in their Jr. RBI Classic experience.

    The friendly round-robin tournament will be held on baseball and softball fields throughout Queens, New York, including College Point Fields and Cunningham Park for baseball, and Alley Athletic Playground and St. John’s University for softball. The Jr. RBI Classic Opening Ceremonies and ensuing skills clinic administered by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will be held at the newly-renovated Hinton Park, which is located near Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets. The Jr. RBI playing divisions, established in 2010, provide opportunities to play baseball and softball to young people ages 5 to 12, and serve as a feeder program to the 13-18 age playing divisions of the RBI program.

    The RBI program is a Major League Baseball youth initiative designed to provide opportunities to play baseball and softball, to encourage excellence and achievement in education, and to teach the value of teamwork and other important life lessons for young people, ages 5 to 18, from underserved and urban communities. The RBI program is providing more than 210,000 boys and girls with the opportunity to play baseball and softball in more than 300 programs established in more than 200 cities worldwide. MLB and all 30 Clubs have designated more than $30 million worth of resources to the RBI program, and all 30 Clubs support RBI leagues. For more information, please visit: MLB.com/rbi.

    About the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
    The 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 16th in New York City and will feature the best of the American League taking on the top players of the National League. Building up to the excitement of the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball will conduct a wide variety of special events and charitable activities for fans both inside and outside of Citi Field. At the ballpark, the events will include Taco Bell All-Star Sunday on July 14th featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, and Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 15th featuring the Chevrolet Home Run Derby on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio. Outside of the ballpark, fans will have an opportunity to experience All-Star Summer through a variety of special events including T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, the five-day interactive fan festival; the MLB All-Star Game 5K & Fun Run Benefiting Sandy Relief presented by Nike; and the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet, a free parade of All-Stars through the streets of Manhattan. The Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally on FOX, broadcast on ESPN Radio and will be shown around the world by Major League Baseball International. For more information about 2013 All-Star Summer, visit AllStarGame.com.

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    (BPRW) City of Miami Gardens Youth Hike Everglades National Park in Support of African-American Mountain Climbers on Denali


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – Miami Gardens, FL – In what is expected to be a historic moment for outdoor enthusiasts the world over, the first all African-American mountain climbing team is poised to attempt to summit the highest mountain on the North American continent, Mount Denali, Alaska. Sponsored by industry leader NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) of Lander, Wyoming, Expedition Denali is slated for June 8 – 29th, 2013. Thousands of miles away in South Florida, City of Miami Gardens youth will be taking part in the climb during Expedition Denali 10,000 Steps, Saturday June 8, 2013 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Everglades National Park.

    The longest and most strenuous day on Denali will be the summit day, a five-mile (roughly 10,000 steps) round-trip summit attempt. As a show of unity and solidarity, more than 30 environmental organizations from around the country are teaming up to support the climbers by introducing young African-Americans to the outdoors in their own communities. City of Miami Gardens Parks & Recreation will rally youth to join EarthWise Productions, Inc. partnering with The National Parks Service, to host a hiking excursion in South Florida’s famed Everglades National Park along the Anhinga Trail.

    Climbers in Alaska will be tested to their maximum endurance as they ascend 20,320-foot Denali. Reaching the top will place the African-American climbers among a miniscule number of people on the planet to attain that goal. At the same time, City of Miami Gardens youth will experience the challenges of navigating sawgrass marshes, exotic Florida wildlife and perhaps even coming up close and personal with alligators.

    Research shows African-Americans benefit less than any other group from the outdoors, with fewer than seven percent of African-Americans utilizing or working in our National Parks and forests.

    Expedition Denali 10,000 Steps is designed to bridge that gap by introducing young people to the value and benefits of the environment and outdoor pursuits. 10,000 Steps South Florida will expose some 80 young people, community leaders, educators and travel professionals to Everglades National Park as well as mountaineering.

    City of Miami Gardens youth will have ground support from EarthWise Productions, Inc. leading the hike, Miami Gardens outdoor retailer Peter Glenn supplying sunscreen products, Blue Bell Ice Cream providing cool snacks, and Miami Gardens business DaBlock Designs outfitting youth in custom T-shirts.

    For more information contact Julia Yarbough, Media Relations Specialist, City of Miami Gardens at jyarbough@miamigardens-fl.gov or (954) 383-1434.

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    28th Anniversary Sports Spectacular Gala


    Last night the Sports Spectacular organization presented the 28th Anniversary Sports Spectacular Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles, celebrating the greatest names in sports and entertainment. This year’s event benefited the groundbreaking work of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Each year, Sports Spectacular partners with top athletes and world-class health professionals to improve lives through research, prevention and education.

    Presenters and honorees included:

    *  Jason Collins - honored with the Inspirational Athlete of the Year award. Presented by Baron Davis.

    *  Hope Solo - received the Female Athlete of the Year award. Presented by Casey Wasserman.

    *  Colin Kaepernick - received the Breakout Player of the Year award. Presented by Jim Hill and John Salley.

    *  Chris Paul - honored with the Spirit Award. Presented by Gary Payton.

    *  Special tribute to Dr. Jerry Buss - presented by Jerry West. Award accepted by Johnny Buss.

    *  Beth Moskowitz (Sports Spectacular Executive Director) - honored with the Achievement Award.

    The event was hosted by John Salley, Jim Hill and Kevin Frazier. Additional attendees included, Evan Lysacek, Holly Robertson Peete, DeAndre Jordan, Al Joyner, Elgin Baylor, Jessica Hardy, Larry Fitzgerald, Jim Everett, Chris Mann, Jarron Collins, Benji Weatherly and more.


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    28th Anniversary Sports Spectacular Gala
    Al Joyner
    28th Anniversary Sports Spectacular Gala
    Baron Davis
    28th Anniversary Sports Spectacular Gala
    Chris Paul
    28th Anniversary Sports Spectacular Gala
    Beth Moskowitz and Colin Kaepernick
    28th Anniversary Sports Spectacular Gala
    Elgin Baylor and wife
    28th Anniversary Sports Spectacular Gala
    DeAndre Jordan and Kris Humphries
    28th Anniversary Sports Spectacular Gala
    Holly Robinson
    28th Anniversary Sports Spectacular Gala
    Jason Collins
    28th Anniversary Sports Spectacular Gala
    Larry Fitzerald
    28th Anniversary Sports Spectacular Gala
    John Salley and Natasha Duffy
    28th Anniversary Sports Spectacular Gala
    Kevin Frazier, John Salley and Jim Hill


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    COMMISSIONER SELIG CREATES ON-FIELD DIVERSITY TASK FORCE


    - Wide-Ranging Group to Focus on Addressing Issues That Influence the Talent Pipeline to Professional Baseball -


    Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig today announced the creation of an On-Field Diversity Task Force to address the talent pipeline that impacts the representation and development of diverse players and on-field personnel in Major League Baseball, particularly African-Americans. The wide-ranging group, which includes representatives from Club ownership, Club front offices, MLB’s Central Office, Minor League Baseball, former players, the Major League Baseball Players Association, the MLB Scouting Bureau, and collegiate baseball, will focus on the myriad of issues influencing on-field diversity at all levels of baseball.

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    “As a social institution, Major League Baseball has an enormous social responsibility to provide equal opportunities for all people, both on and off the field,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “I am proud of the work we have done thus far with the RBI program and the MLB Urban Youth Academies, but there is more that we must accomplish. We have seen a number of successful efforts with existing MLB task forces, and I believe we have selected the right people to effectively address the many factors associated with diversity in baseball.”

    Members of the Commissioner’s On-Field Diversity Task Force include:

    ·   Stuart Sternberg – Principal Owner, Tampa Bay Rays; MLB Diversity Oversight Committee Chairman

    ·   Dave Dombrowski – President, Chief Executive Officer & General Manager, Detroit Tigers; On-Field Diversity Task Force Chairman

    ·   Tom Brasuell – MLB Vice President of Community Affairs (representing Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities)

    ·   Roger Cador – Baseball Head Coach, Southern University (Historically Black College & University)

    ·   Tony Clark – Director of Player Services, Major League Baseball Players Association

    ·   Larry Dolan – Cleveland Indians; MLB Diversity Oversight Committee Advisor

    ·   Dennis Gilbert – Special Assistant to Chicago White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf

    ·   Derrick Hall – President & Chief Executive Officer, Arizona Diamondbacks

    ·   Wendy Lewis – MLB Senior Vice President of Diversity & Strategic Alliances

    ·   Jerry Manuel – MLB Network Analyst; Major League Manager (1998-2003; 2008-2010); 2000 A.L. Manager of the Year

    ·   Frank Marcos – Senior Director, MLB Scouting Bureau

    ·   Jonathan Mariner – MLB Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    ·   Darrell Miller – MLB Vice President of Youth & Facility Development (representing MLB Urban Youth Academy)

    ·   Bernard Muir – Athletic Director, Stanford University

    ·   Kim Ng – MLB Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations

    ·   Pat O’Conner – President & Chief Executive Officer, Minor League Baseball

    ·   Frank Robinson – Hall of Famer; MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Development

    ·   Ken Williams – Executive Vice President, Chicago White Sox

    According to the Player Diversity Report (released on 11/13/12), the diversity of the Player Profile on 40-Man Major League rosters was 62% Caucasian, 28% Hispanic, 8% African-American, 1% Asian, and 0.2% Native American. And according to MLB records, which is a collection of data compiled by the clubs, the percentage of players on 2013 Opening Day, 25-Man Major League rosters who identified themselves as African-American or black was approximately 8.5%, which is in a consistent range with the past few years. The first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft featured the selections of seven African-American players, the most by total and percentage (7-of-31, 22.6%) since 1992.

    Major League Baseball operates two youth initiatives designed specifically to address on-field diversity:

    ·   The Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program and its Jr. RBI playing divisions provide opportunities for young people (ages 5 to 18) from underserved communities to play baseball and softball. RBI has served more than 1 million young people since 1989, and in 2012, had more than 210,000 participants around the country, in Canada and in Latin America. MLB Clubs have drafted more than 200 RBI participants, including 14 players in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

    ·  MLB Urban Youth Academies provide free, year-round and intensive baseball and softball instruction and educational programs for young people from underserved and urban communities. Seven MLB Urban Youth Academies are either operational or in development around the country and in Puerto Rico (Operational: Compton, California; Houston, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Gurabo, Puerto Rico; In development: Cincinnati, Ohio; Hialeah, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). MLB Urban Youth Academies have served more than 10,000 young people, with more than 90% of its participants in the United States reflecting a diverse segment of the respective local communities. Since 2006, nearly 200 Academy student-athletes have been selected in the First-Year Player Draft, including 17 in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

    Contact: Pat Courtney or Matt Bourne, Major League Baseball, 212-931-7878, @MLB_PR



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    Pork Rinds Put the Crunch on Support for Football Legends in Need


    - Rudolph Foods and brands lead consumers in campaign to celebrate love of pork rinds & support of
    Gridiron Greats in need -


    Lima, OH (September 15, 2012) - Rudolph Foods, the world’s largest manufacturers of pork rinds, has announced its Second Annual Pork Rind Appreciation Day campaign. Celebrated on the biggest football day of the year, and on the first Sunday of February, Pork Rind Appreciation Day https://www.facebook.com/RudolphFoods was cemented as an annual event last year after the pork rind leader secured hundreds of thousands of consumer votes, as well as political designations. Matched each year with charitable support, in this second year, Rudolph Foods will support Gridiron Greats, a nonprofit organization that provides medical and financial assistance to former National Football League (NFL) players in dire need. Now through the big game, $.10 of the purchase of all Rudolph Foods branded products will support the organization’s assistance fund (up to $10,000). The campaign is also matched with several opportunities for consumers to play along for chances to win football parties, pork rinds and other prizes.

    As part of the 2nd annual campaign, Rudolph Foods is further encouraging lovers of pork rinds to help make the six month campaign a success by visiting the brands web site at www.RudolphFoods.com/PorkRindDay. There, fans can watch videos from football hall of famers, join in on virtual Twitter chats using #PorkRindDay to discuss former players, submit support to Gridiron Greats, learn about the organization and even enter to win a Big Game party, complete with sandwiches, pork rinds, a new 50” Plasma TV and of course a personalized video from a Gridiron Greats football legend. Most importantly, consumers can support Gridiron Greats by buying pork rinds online.

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    The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund ’s mission is to assist retired NFL players in need who were pioneers of the game and who have greatly contributed to the NFL’s status as the most popular sport in America. GGAF provides hands-on assistance to help retired players and their families deal with hardships they face after football. The services include medical assistance, transportation costs for medical evaluations and surgeries, housing assistance, financial assistance for utilities, medication, and coordination of services for food, automotive payments and childcare.

    “There are few things more American than pork rinds and The Big Game,” says Mark Singleton, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Rudolph Foods. “As a family-owned company ourselves, Rudolph Foods is proud to lead other football-lovin’ families in the support of Gridiron Greats. These heroes have provided us with decades of memories and entertainment, it’s only right we support them now in their time of need with this football-lovin’ campaign!”

    Last year, Rudolph Foods announced their first campaign for Pork Rind Appreciation Day, as a quest to help Rudolph Foods’ consumers celebrate pork rinds as a quirky and nostalgic snack that encourages family togetherness and tradition. Calling upon the public to help to make Pork Rind Appreciation Day a success, consumers were asked to cast their vote, view campaign videos from Rudolph Foods executives and fans, and spread the news about the campaign. Successful in the end, the campaign generated hundreds of thousands of votes nationwide, and donated $10,000 to the Wounded Warriors Family Support organization, supporting veterans returning home from the war and their families.

    About Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund
    The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund (GGAF) is a non-stock, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing financial grants and ‘pro bono’ medical assistance to retired NFL players in dire need. The organization focuses on the humanitarian side of post-football related issues, which include coordination of social services to retired players who are in need due to a variety of reasons including inadequate disability and/or pensions. www.GridironGreats.org

    About Rudolph Foods
    Rudolph Foods Company, Inc., one of the world’s largest suppliers of branded and private-label snack products, is the world’s largest pork rind manufacturer. Awarded the title of 2010 Energy Saver, Rudolph Foods operates energy efficient plants in Ohio, Georgia, Texas and California, and is solely dedicated to providing its customers with sustainable, top quality products and the highest levels of customer service at the best price. For additional information, please call 1-800-241-7675, or visit www.RudolphFoods.com

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    Willie Stargell ‘8 on 8’ Campaign Encourages Letter Writing


    - Fans asked to write eight letters to eight friends and family members -

    PITTSBURGH — The Pirates retired his number 8 jersey in 1982, but Willie Stargell’s legacy continues in full-swing following the issuance of a Forever Stamp bearing his image. To continue the celebration, the Postal Service and Pirates have designated August 8, to kickoff the “8 on 8” campaign that encourages fans to mail eight letters to their friends and family using Stargell’s stamp.

    “Willie would be so humbled by this timeless recognition,” said Stargell’s wife Margaret Stargell. “Both he and my father Fritz Weller, who was a letter carrier for the Postal Service, would be thrilled to know that people will reach out to their family and friends with a letter of love in his honor on 8/8.”

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    “Willie’s amazing ability and appeal connected people with baseball in Pittsburgh and the nation throughout his Hall of Fame career,” said Pittsburgh Postmaster Joe Meimann. “Now his image can once again connect people together by sending his stamp on a letter to friends and loved ones.”

    Although Stargell was not involved in selecting number 8 for his jersey, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on 8/8/88, and his car’s license plates read “HOF. 8.8.88.”

    Information on special collectables can be viewed at this link. Fans can purchase the stamps and individual stamp sheets depicting each player along with unique collectables at www.usps.com/play-ball. The Major League Baseball All-Star Forever stamp collectables can also be purchased by calling 800-STAMP24 or by visiting select Post Offices.

    Willie Stargell commemorative postal items available at select Pittsburgh-area branch offices: McKnight, Monroeville, Pleasant Hills, Montour, Allegheny, Pittsburgh Main (California Ave) and Grant Street. Stargell was one of four icons immortalized as part of the Major League Baseball All-Star Forever stamps. He is joined by Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby and Ted Williams. Responding to customer demand, in addition to the sheet of 20 stamps depicting all four players limited quantities of individual stamp sheets honoring each player are available in select Post Offices.

    The July 20 official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Major League Baseball All-Stars Forever stamps took place at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY, as the first of five ceremonies that took place in the cities where the legends built their careers. The Pittsburgh July 21 event took place at PNC Park.

    Fans can view the July 20 dedication ceremony at this link that includes a tribute from Hall of Famer “Mr. Padre” Tony Gwynn. A video tribute to Stargell and the others honored as part of the set is available at this link.

    Stargell’s Legacy
    Willie Stargell (1940-2001) is perhaps best remembered for powering the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates to a World Series title. Standing 6-foot 2-inches and weighing some 225 pounds late in his career, Stargell twice led the National League in home runs (48 in 1971 and 44 in 1973), and was famous for smashing baseballs out of stadiums. At one point, he held the record for hitting the longest homers in half the National League ballparks. The left-handed slugger wound up his career with 475 home runs.

    Stargell was born in Earlsboro, OK. During his teens, he lived in a housing project in Alameda, CA, where he began playing organized baseball. In the late 1950s, he overcame racial intimidation while playing on some of the Pirates’ minor league farm teams in the South. Called up to the majors in 1962, he played 21 seasons, all for Pittsburgh.

    During the 1970s, the Pirates won six of 10 divisional titles. After Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash in 1972, Stargell became the team leader. He handed out “Stargell Stars” to teammates for outstanding play and promoted team harmony, showing special talent for bridging gaps between white, black and Latino players. Nicknamed “Pops,” he instigated the adoption of the Sister Sledge disco hit “We Are Family” as the unofficial anthem for the ’79 Pirates team. That season he tied for National League Most Valuable Player, then garnered MVP honors in both the National League Championship Series and the Pirates’ upset win over the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series.

    Stargell received many honors after his playing days ended. In 1983, he was asked to recite the words of Martin Luther King Jr. in a performance at Carnegie Hall by the Eastman Philharmonia. In 1988, in his first year of eligibility, the seven-time National League All-Star was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, earning the respect and admiration of his peers. Hall of Famer Joe Morgan remembered, “When I played, there were 600 baseball players and 599 of them loved Willie Stargell. He’s the only guy I could have said that about.”

    Stargell coached for the Pirates in the 1980s and returned in 1997 as an assistant to Pittsburgh’s general manager, a position he held until his death in 2001. The Pirates built a 12-foot tall statue of Stargell outside the new PNC baseball park, which opened for a new season the day he died.

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    In Praise of Baseball


    - “I don’t know if this is what you’re asking. But I feel closest to God, like after I’m rounding second base after I hit a double.” —Eight-year-old boy quoted in The Children’s God -

    Well the Boys of Summer are back again. There was much joy in the nation’s myriad Mudvilles as little league, school, and community ballparks came alive for another year. But as this season progresses to its conclusion, I am not always “feeling the joy” for professional baseball.

    For one, we continue to see the ineradicable stain of steroids marring the reputations of some of the game’s most prominent players including this year’s all-star game MVP. Irritatingly, more and more stadiums are named after the financial institutions that have brought so much ruin to our country. And for those of us for whom the Yankees are the team we love to hate, we see the “damnable” one continuing to buy enough Hessians to be World Series contenders again this year. In baseball, as in America, the rich get richer, and to heck with the rest of us.

    In Praise of Baseball Credit: Creative Commons/Ed Yourdon.

    But enough caveats. As another season unfolds itself to its conclusion, I have come to praise baseball, not bury it. It has been nearly a half-century now since I started playing the game. Later as a dad I coached Little League and beyond, and have always remained a student. After decades of observation and outright devotion, I believe that even in these difficult days for the sport, baseball continues to instruct on our most fundamental human virtues and values. More to the point, I believe baseball far more that any other team sport embodies and celebrates many of the principles at the core of what it means to be a progressive, and especially a spiritually minded progressive.

    Whoa! Baseball “spiritually progressive?” As John McEnroe might say, “You cannot be serious!” Well, I am serious, or at least as serious as you can be about a game, and as one pundit cautioned: “Baseball is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes or games are created equal.” So for doubting readers, let’s do some excavating into the often hidden depths of the game itself.

    A Celebration of Nonviolence and Collegiality
    “In football with short bullet passes and long bombs the quarterback marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack…. In baseball the object is to go home! And to be safe! I hope I’ll be safe at home!” —George Carlin

    Baseball teaches the fundamental values of nonviolence and collegiality. Baseball is the only team game in which the opponents do not invade each other’s turf. There is no “enemy territory”; no conquering the other side’s space. You are not assaulting the opponent’s yardage, slashing into their court or goal crease. There are no goal line stands, blitzes, or zone defenses. No, in baseball the field is shared—including having the same “home.” Until it was halted in 1953, for safety concerns about tripping, major league fielders actually left their gloves in the field when it was their turn to bat both for convenience and to share with others if too few gloves were available.

    Adding to this nonviolent aura, baseball is also the only game started by the Defense: each game begins with the first pitch not the first hit. Former major leaguer Ken Harrelson remarked that “Baseball is the only sport I know that when you’re on offense, the other team controls the ball.” In fact, the offense does not get to touch the ball at all, and if they do they’re “out.” Tellingly, most real baseball fans prefer a close pitching duel over a slugfest, and in baseball a “perfect game” is not one where everyone hits but rather one where one side has no offense at all.

    Baseball is also a mostly noncontact sport. Since 1971 helmets have been required for batters but no other safety equipment is necessary, except for catchers (and umpires). Unintentional collisions do occur between outfielders and very intentional collisions do happen at home plate. But violence, outside of the occasional bench-clearing brawl, and the ritualistic intentionally hit batsman, is very rare in baseball. There are no flagrant fouls, slashing, crosschecks, tripping, roughing, holding, kicking, clipping, gouging, facemasks, or horse collars. No constant foul calls, which so mar the pace of basketball; no dubious yellow or red flags as in soccer; no penalty box. Not surprisingly, in high school and college sports, both in practice and in actual games, baseball consistently ranks the lowest in causing injuries, far less then soccer, hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and even gymnastics. Baseball incurs only about one tenth the injuries caused in football.

    A Celebration of Natural Time
    “The Clock doesn’t matter in baseball. Time stands still or moves backwards. Theoretically one game could go on forever. Some seem to.” —Herb Caen, noted columnist

    Baseball has no use for standardized, digitalized, mechanized time. The other major sports have strict artificial time frames reminiscent of efficiency-driven industrial production (as in “time is money”) or militaristic action (as in “synchronize your watches”). Football has four fifteen-minute quarters (and of course “sudden death”), basketball has four twelve-minute periods, hockey has three twenty-minute periods, soccer two forty-five-minute halves. Baseball, by contrast, is played in natural, not artificial, time. There are no seconds ticking away on scoreboards, no two-minute warnings, no buzzers or buzzer beaters. Actually, it isn’t just the baseball game that could continue eternally—each of baseball’s nine innings, in fact, each of its eighteen half innings, could theoretically go on forever.

    In our hyperactive, ADHD world, this meditative, “real life” time element in baseball has been called its downfall. The game is too slow, we are told, for the modern age. Mary McCrory once wrote that “Baseball is our past football our future.” Let’s hope not. It is true that a baseball game can seem like six minutes of action crammed into two-and-a-half hours. Pitchers and catchers give, receive, or shake off signs; batters step out of the box; other players or coaches go visit the pitcher to give advice or encouragement; pitchers nervously pace or blow into their hands between pitches. For the most part though, to the baseball fan, the natural pace is far from boring. In fact it’s experienced as a crescendo of cumulative tension. Any parent of a Little Leaguer, or fan during a crucial major league contest, knows that a game can indeed seem like “a nervous breakdown spread over nine innings.”

    The timing of the baseball season also is a celebration of the year’s seasons even if in a bittersweet way. As Bart Giamatti wrote: “It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.”

    A Celebration of Agrarianism and Diversity of Place
    Paradise is an ancient dream … Judeo Christian culture has always known was lost. Where it exists, we do not know, although we always envisioned it as a garden …always removed, as an enclosed green place. —Bart Giametti, former Commissioner of Baseball

    Baseball does not only eschew mechanized time but also cookie-cutter industrial type design and space. Think of the square boxes of office buildings and skyscrapers that masquerade as architecture these days. Most sports are similar. They’re all about rectangles with standardized dimensions. For example, the basket ball court is ninety-four feet long by fifty feet wide. The football field football is 120 yards long including two ten-yard end zones 53-and-1/3 yards wide. Shapes are similar for the other team sports.

    Baseball is different, far different. First of all there’s its shape, not a rectangle but a diamond, and actually not just a diamond but a double diamond, the infield shape, inside the larger diamond of the entire field. The diamond shape is of course beautiful in itself, but one does not have to go far to find symbolic meanings of this shape. For many civilizations including the Egyptians it represented fertility and creativity. In alchemy its four points represented the coming together of the four elements earth, wind, water and fire.

    The inner diamond of the baseball field, the infield, has as with the other sports, set dimensions. But that’s where standardization ends and true diversity begins. For the outside shape of the full baseball diamond remarkably has no set dimensions and the endless diversity of the shapes of these agrarian-like fields is deeply appreciated by each team’s fans and even foes.

    Virtually every park will vary widely and even wildly. There will be odd features, strange nooks and crannies, high walls such as the fabled “Green Monster” at Boston’s Fenway Park and ivied brick barriers as in Chicago’s Wrigley Filed. Of course this diversity profoundly impacts the games. There are “hitter’s parks” with diminutive dimensions suitable for home run hitting, such as the new Yankee Stadium, often derisively and correctly dubbed “bandboxes” by real fans, and “pitcher’s parks” marked by large expanses where outfielders roam and long fly balls go to die. Whatever the shapes, outfielders have to become sage judges of bounces and angles in each park lest a single become a triple, a double an inside the park home run.

    The baseball field’s unmistakable agrarian feel was shattered somewhat in the 1970s and ’80s as more and more teams opted for artificial “grass” in shameless imitation of football fields. Players hated it and the ever insightful outfielder Dick Allen retorted, “If a horse can’t eat it, I don’t want to play on it.” Baseball did come back to its “horse” sense and rescinded this desecration. Real grass came back and now only two stadiums (both domed and of course in the American league) still retain artificial turf.

    A Celebration of Sacrifice
    “Baseball is about the only place in life where a sacrifice is really appreciated.” —Mark Beltaire

    Especially attractive to spiritually minded progressives should be baseball’s unique embrace of the sacrifice. Here a batter sacrifices his turn at bat, he purposely makes an out by bunt or fly out, so another can advance to the next base or reach home and score. If successful, if his out advances the runner, the batter is rewarded by the game. He is absolved of that time at bat, the out is not registered on his record. So if a batter were to sacrifice four times in a game and get one hit, his game stat would be one for one.

    The most artful sacrifice is of course the sacrifice bunt. Many commentators have seen the decline in the ability of today’s players to execute this bunt successfully as a symptom of our increasingly narcissistic culture. There is some empirical evidence to back this up. The top ten “sacrificers” in baseball history all played in the first decades of baseball history. The single season sacrifice bunt record, sixty seven, is held by Cleveland Indian shortstop Ray Chapman. Chapman was a stellar shortstop, a team leader, a locker room favorite and adored by the fans. Poignantly and tragically he not only was one of the all time great sacrificers in the game, he also made the ultimate sacrifice. In 1920 he was hit by a pitch delivered by a Yankee (of course) and succumbed a few hours later from head injuries. To this day his is the only death ever in major league play. Always an inspiration to his teammates, after his death that season the Indians who were not favored to win anything went on to win the pennant, beating out the favored Yankees and won the World Series from the Brooklyn Dodgers. Cleveland fans still put flowers on Chapman’s grave.

    The Shadow Side
    “When I played ball I’d steal second, feel guilty and go back.” —Woody Allen

    It would not be fair to the game not to mention its shadow side, or as Joseph Campbell fans might say its indebtedness to the spirit of Hermes. For baseball does not just reward sacrifice, it also rewards theft, especially speedy theft. Stealing a base is among the most exciting moments in the game. Though it happens only a few times a season today, a batter can even accomplish the ultimate theft: steal home. The famous Ty Cobb did it fifty-four times. Four times in his career, he stole his way all the way around the bases to score. A feat achieved only a handful of times in the last twenty years. Even Babe Ruth, never known for svelteness, stole home ten times. Jackie Robinson had perhaps the most historic steal of home in the first game of the 1955 World Series against the Yankees which his Dodgers eventually won. This steal put an exclamation point at the end of his historic career that had broken the segregation barrier in major league baseball.

    Of course as in life, stealing has its risks. Most importantly, the catcher can throw you out and is encouraged to do so by the rules of the game. If the catcher overthrows the base trying to catch a stealing base runner he cannot be charged with an error. So stealing is not for the faint of heart. If caught stealing you are out and a valuable base runner is lost. When coaching, I often had to remind my more risk-averse youngsters that they could not steal second with one foot still on first.

    A Celebration of the Individual and the Community
    “More than any other games, baseball gives its players space-both physical and emotional -in which to define themselves.” —John Eskow

    It is a fundamental conundrum of political science. What is the proper relationship between the needs of the individual and that of the community? Too much individualism, as many of us feel about the United States, and we see the tendency towards narcissism, a breakdown of empathy towards one another, a tolerance for economic inequality and suffering. Too much community control as in certain communist countries and we see a tendency for the suppression of the aspirations and creativity of the individual. Is there a model for just the right balance? I would suggest baseball as a candidate. It is certainly a team game. Success for any squad relies on a community spirit and mutually practiced and synchronized performance. In the field this coordination whether in executing double plays, hitting the cutoff man, or the complex shifts required for various batters and situations is essential. The late great announcer Ernie Harwell aptly dubbed baseball, “a ballet without music.” But each fielder will also be called on to fully exercise his individual efforts at his special position. There within the team context he knows he could be called on to execute an individual, heroic legerdemain that will save the day or alternatively could make an error that leads to a loss and fan opprobrium.

    This is also true of batting. At least in the National League each player regardless of slugging acumen gets his individual, equal turn at bat. (This is of course the problem with the insidious American league designated hitter, which ruins this balance by not having the pitcher bat). He will also know given his unique physical capacities and baseball acuity which batting position is ideal. Speed and on base canny at the top of the lineup, power in the middle, and the rest at the end. The at bat is not wholly a sphere of individual achievement and decisionmaking. For the sake of the team he may be asked to sacrifice bunt or hit to the opposite field to move a runner ahead. Whether in the field or at the plate, this counterpoint of democratic individual opportunity within the context of the needs of the larger team community and effort is unique in sports.

    A Celebration of Transcendence
    “Kiss it Goodbye.” —Home run call of Bob Prince former announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    A field goal kicker boots the ball through the upright into the stands; a basketball shot gets blocked into the first few row of seats; a tennis mishit embarrassingly flies up into upper rows of spectators. The result? An excited fan may get a souvenir and the game is briefly stopped until a new ball is back in play. But in baseball something very different can happen. If a batter hits a ball in fair territory over the wall and into the stands a pinnacle moment of the game occurs. Fans come to their feet as one roaring. The announcer may intone “adios,” “going, going, gone!” or “It’s outta here.” The hitter now realizing what he has done halts his run and eases into a confident slow gait. The field of play has been physically transcended. No fear of being tagged out now, no rush of fielders trying to make a play—for a moment the movement of the game itself has been transcended. Again all other team sports are cabined, circumscribed by rigid place and artificial time. But here the very overcoming of the physical space in which the game is played reaps the ultimate reward. And the reward for the hitter for this achievement, as an analogy with many a true spiritual effort or experience, is that he gets an unimpeded path “home.” This is of course called a “home run.”

    But that is not all. In the spirit of many religious traditions, the transcendent effort redeems not only the achiever but those ahead of him that have made an effort as well. All runners on base at the time of the home run also touch home unimpeded. And if the bases are full it is called a grand slam home run the ultimate in this transcendent sport experience.

    The unique nature of the home run was a major casualty of the Steroid Era where the leagues, the teams and the players all turned a blind eye to this terrible abuse of the game knowing that the exponential increase in home runs would be a crowd pleaser and most importantly be a major revenue builder for all concerned. Meanwhile the balance of the game itself was being destroyed and youngsters learning and playing the game were given corrupted role models. It is with relief that in the last few years, and especially the last few seasons, we have seen the home run numbers return to traditional levels and the this transcendent sport moment revived.

    Celebrating the Common Man … and Failure
    Baseball among the major sports has also been, pace Aaron Copeland, an ode to the common man. In the mind’s eye is the squat figure of Yogi Berra, the diminutive Ozzie Smith, the boy-next-door look of Cal Ripkin, the odd ovoid shape of The Babe himself. Baseball has never been the preserve of the ubermensch, the dauntingly tall, speedy, or huge human anomalies which are the norm in football or basketball. It’s a sport that has been open to “normal” people of any size or shape and, at least for several decades, race. And baseball players do normal things like throw, catch, stand still, hit, and run. This is probably why polls consistently find that a significant portion of adult men actually (and delusionally) believe that they could have made the major leagues. “Hey, I look like they do so maybe I can play like they do.” Well, not quite.

    The game is also a lesson in humility and the acceptance of failure as part of life. Mickey Mantle noted: “During my eighteen years I came to bat almost 10,000 times, I struck out 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 bats a season. That means I played seven seasons without ever hitting the ball.” As has often been pointed out baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and still be considered a hall of fame performer.

    Coming Home
    Then, of course, baseball has all those mystical, seemingly synchronized numbers: nine players, nine innings (eighteen players, eighteen half innings), four balls and three strikes, four infielders and three outfielders, four bases and three outfields, but just one “home”… But with all this in it and so much more, there is also just the simple joy of playing and watching the game. As a famous outfielder, and roué, once quipped. “Baseball is the most fun you can have standing up.” True. But still, there is that other dimension. Whether playing the game—or just fantasizing about it, as we fans tend to—there’s the vision of rounding second after hitting a double in the gap, clapping your hands and looking around the diamond as the ball gets played back in, and maybe, just maybe you begin to feel closer to…. well, you get the idea.

    Andrew Kimbrell is an attorney and author, a frequent contributor to Huffington Post and Tikkun, and has spoken at the Network of Spiritual Progressive conferences. He will be speaking about the nature of evil at Beyt Tikkun's Rosh Hashanah service in Berkeley on Sept. 17 along with Rabbis Arthur Waskow, Phyllis Berman and Michael Lerner. You probably know someone who knows someone (hint: they don't have to be jewish) who would get a lot out of the spiritual experience of Jewish High Holidays with Rabbi Lerner and Tikkun. Registration info: http://www.beyttikkun.org/article.php/HHDMain

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