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    (BPRW) ‘DRIVEN Global’, the First African-American Owned Golf & Beverage Company Is Poised to Inspire Millions; The Ownership Duo Was Introduced by Visionary Billionaire Bob Johnson

    the First African-American Owned Golf & Beverage Company
    Driven Global Founders CEOs Mark Thierry &
    Greshaun Fulgham Along with Celebrity Model
    Nicole Murphy (Photo: Business Wire)


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The golf and beverage businesses will never be the same. The men behind DRIVEN Global, Mark Thierry and Greshaun Fulgham are single handedly shifting the landscape and trajectory of the world of golf and fine beverages. Under the DRIVEN Global umbrella lies the first ever African-American-owned golf brand, DRIVEN Golf and wine brand, DESTINY Moscato through Red Styxx Beverage.

    It all began when Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and America’s first African-American billionaire, introduced the two self-made millionaires Mark Thierry and Greshaun Fulgham. What resulted from this pairing, not only is an inspiring business partnership, but an incredibly strong friendship. Mark Thierry is an award winning entrepreneur from Texas with a successful career in sales, medical diagnostics and federal contracting. Greshaun Fulgham, from Washington DC, is international financier and real estate mogul. Opposites attract, yet their synergy is contagious. Where Thierry thrives off risk-taking, Fulgham masters structure. When Thierry was thinking national, Fulgham was going global. What binds them together is the dream.

    Both Thierry and Fulgham want to de-mystify the perception of black men, to show the world, that with hard work, drive and intellect, African-American men can succeed, be dedicated fathers and husbands, collaborate and build successful partnerships, uplift their communities and change the world. With DRIVEN Global, change comes with one golf club and wine glass at a time. Their mutual core values of family, diligence, sacrifice, social responsibility and sustainable leadership are evident in all aspects of DRIVEN Global. For the partners, it’s all about dreaming big. Thierry stated: “The Dream involves the awareness that everyone has more to this life that they can strive for. The Dream that a golf club, or anything for that matter, can be a metaphor for someone making the best of themselves.”

    The launch of DRIVEN Golf this Fall 2014 will be the first minority-owned golf brand dedicated to inspiring first-time golfers of color and urban socialites to jump into the game. Destiny Moscato is their exquisite-tasting aspirational American Sparkling Moscato, of Red Styxx Beverage, a subsidiary of DRIVEN Global. The Destiny Moscato launch will be taking place in Houston, Texas from October 2-4, 2014.

    The fearless, collaborative drive of Mark Thierry and Greshaun Fulgham is the foundation of DRIVEN Global’s, multi-platform taste making brands. The two best friends, brought together by the visionary Robert Johnson, plan to follow in their mentors footsteps. “Our goal is to build a billion dollar business,” states Thierry. “We are starting a new legacy.” They have the perfect tagline...“Are you driven?” For more information check out drivengroupllc.com, driven-golf.com and DestinyMoscato.com.


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    Hang w/ captures 50 cent’s Challenge to Floyd Mayweather

    On Thursday, September 11th Rapper, 50 Cent, summoned the courage to challenge boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr. to a fight by posting a video on his Hang w/ account. Stay tuned to hear more from 50 Cent via live broadcast from his personal Hang w/ account.

    50 cent’s Challenge to Floyd Mayweather



    About Hang w/
    The Hang w/ app connects people through live-streaming video and simultaneous chat, allowing anyone with an iPhone, iPad or Android device to broadcast live to dozens, hundreds or even millions of viewers around the globe. Users’ real-time broadcasts can be shared with thousands of followers at once. For celebrities, Hang w/ has been proven as a powerful social media engagement tool to connect directly with fans, and has attracted more than 100 actors, athletes, musicians and entertainers including 50 Cent, Ali Landry, Claudia Jordan, Jamie Kennedy, Kaskade, Lucy Hale, Terrell Owens and Timbaland. Learn more at http://www.hangwith.com.


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    (BPRW) ASPiRE EXPANDS ITS HBCU FOOTBALL COVERAGE THIS SEASON WITH URBAN SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT GROUP: 11 COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES, PLUS THE RETURN OF WEEKLY COLLEGE SPORTS SERIES “INSIDE THE GAME”

    Inaugural Classic – Alabama State vs. Tennessee State – Live at Montgomery, AL on Saturday, September 6th at 5 p.m. EDT • 2014 Football Season on ASPiRE Also Includes Live Broadcasts of Three Exclusive Games, the CIAA Football Championship, Plus the Premiere of “HBCU Playback Game of the Week,” Hosted by CBS Sports/HLN’s Rashan Ali and 2 Live Stews’ Doug Stewart • ASPiRE’s New Season of “Inside the Game” Kicks Off on Friday, September 11th at 10 p.m. EDT


    HBCU FOOTBALL COVERAGE



    (BLACK PR WIRE) – ATLANTA – September 3, 2014 – ASPiRE (@tvASPiRE) is expanding its Historically Black College & University (HBCU) college sports coverage this fall thanks to a new deal with Urban Sports & Entertainment Group (USEG, urbansportsgroup.net) to broadcast a total of 11 live and encore HBCU football games, airing Saturday, September 6th through Saturday, November 15th, announced ASPiRE and Urban Sports & Entertainment Group. Six football games will be live, with three intra-collegiate match-ups exclusive to ASPiRE. The live games include the Inaugural Classic (Alabama State v. Tennessee State), the annual Tuskegee – Morehouse Classic, and the annual CIAA Championship Game. The schedule also features at least two appearances by the CIAA’s Winston-Salem State University Rams and five best-of black college football games under the banner “HBCU Playback Game of the Week,” which are hosted by Rashan Ali (@RashanAli, CBS Sports commentator, “Weekend Express”) and Doug Stewart (@2livestews, “2 Live Stews,” ESPN commentator).

    These games and more will be featured during the all-new season of the weekly black college sports series “Inside the Game” (aspire.tv/shows/inside-the-game), hosted by ESPN host/analyst/producer Stan Lewter (@slewter13). Produced by Urban Sports & Entertainment Group, “Inside the Game” returns on Friday, September 11 at 10 p.m. EDT.

    “We are proud to bring Historically Black College & University (HBCU) college football back to ASPiRE with an expanded schedule of highly-anticipated, key match-ups,” said Paul Butler, general manager, ASPiRE. “We’re excited to work with Urban Sports & Entertainment Group again and to welcome sports commentators Rashan Ali and Doug Stewart to the ASPiRE family.”

    “We are proud to have the opportunity to partner with ASPiRE for a second season by adding more live HBCU programming for their viewers,” said Thomas Grabowski, President/CEO, Urban Sports & Entertainment Group. “ASPiRE is committed to relevant and engaging content that genuinely serves the community and we are delighted to be part of their team.”

    The football games to be broadcast on ASPiRE are:

    • Game #1: September 6th, Alabama State vs. Tennessee State (Inaugural Classic), Montgomery, AL – 5:00 p.m. EDT (exclusive)

    • Game #2: September 13th, HBCU Playback Game of the Week – 1999 Gold Coast Classic: Grambling State vs. Winston-Salem – 6:00 p.m. EDT – Hosted by Rashan Ali and Doug Stewart

    • Game #3: September 20th, Winston-Salem vs. Tuskegee, Winston-Salem, NC - 6:00 p.m. EDT (exclusive)

    • Game #4: September 27th, HBCU Playback Game of the Week – 2007 CIAA Football Championship: Shaw University vs. Virginia Union –6:00 p.m. EDT – Hosted by Rashan Ali and Doug Stewart

    • Game #5 – October 4th, HBCU Playback Game of the Week – 2002 Tuskegee Morehouse Classic: Tuskegee vs. Morehouse – 6:00 p.m. EDT – Hosted by Rashan Ali and Doug Stewart

    • Game #6 – October 11th, Tuskegee vs. Morehouse (Classic), Columbus, GA – 5:00 p.m. EDT (exclusive)

    • Game #7 – October 18th, Winston-Salem vs. St. Augustine (Homecoming) – 1:30 p.m. EDT

    • Game #8 – October 25th, HBCU Playback Game of the Week – 1997 Carolina Classic: NC Central vs. Winston-Salem– 1:30 pm EDT – Hosted by Rashan Ali and Doug Stewart

    • Game #9 – November 1st, HBCU Playback Game of the Week – 1994 Hampton University vs. Norfolk State – 1:30 EDT – Hosted by Rashan Ali and Doug Stewart

    • Game #10 – November 8th, Virginia Union vs. Virginia State – 1:30 p.m. EST

    • Game #11 – November 15th, CIAA Championship Game – 1:30 p.m. EST

    Produced by USEG, “Inside the Game” is the nation’s longest-running sports highlights show devoted exclusively to black college sports. Hosted by ESPN analyst Stan Lewter, the weekly series provides viewers with football and basketball highlights, interviews and features from Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) institutions around the country. Now in its 20th year, the show is the source for up-to-date black college sports highlights, tailgating, cheerleaders, bands, player profiles and HBCU legends from Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and independent schools.

    About Urban Sports & Entertainment Group (USEG)
    Founded in 2001 by Thomas Grabowski, Urban Sports & Entertainment Group (USEG) is a multi-cultural sports marketing firm located just north of Charlotte, NC. Specializing in television production, event execution, sponsorship acquisition and sponsorship activation, Urban Sport’s team of professionals provide clients with the ultimate brand and event experience. With marquee events including the Football Championship and Basketball Tournament for both the CIAA and SWAC conferences, the Honda Battle of the Bands, and programming including live CIAA game broadcasts and the weekly HBCU sport’s highlight show Inside the Game, Urban Sports & Entertainment Group is the Name Behind the Game.

    About ASPiRE
    ASPiRE is a television network that celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans. 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 on 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 about 21 million homes in 21 of the top 25 African-American markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C.. 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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    Meet the African base in Germany Female Boxer Bintou Yawa Schmill a.k.a " The Voice"

    Female Boxer Bintou Schmill "The VOICE" will fight on the ring on 26.September 2014 ,time 18.00 hour in Stadthalle/ Saalbau Frankfurt-Nied, in Germany


    Female Boxer Bintou Yawa Schmill



    African ladies are otherwise known for other things than Boxing, except for this one who is changing and making the story looks different. Ms.Bintou Yawa Schmill, 29 years young, a totally black African breed 1.71m, Togo born and based in Germany, started her boxing career at a tender age. Something she did as an Amature has become a success story. She wickedly punched competitors, messlessly and won 24 fights ,and 2 draw in the category welterweight -64Kg.

    Her fingerprint show her since 2007, to have been a professional boxer with unbeatable record of 4 fights, 4wins in a package including 3 K. O Her case study is exceptional, she has not only broken the gender rule, she’s representing the African continent in a Boxing ring , punching evil out the brains of her competitors, Bintou is the Lioness that roars and the Lions make a way. Now she´s back on stage, live and ready for a face2face catch, one on one.

    Any brave hearted out there to sponsor and make a name with Bintou? Bintou needs you to make it happen… a man is a man because of another man –UBUNTU

    For more information write to

    http://www.facebook.com/schmillbintou but first all visit the lion queen on http://www.bintou-schmill.de/ also http://www.twitter.com/schmillbintou Africans support your children and make them proud NOW!

    http://youtu.be/iEmjbWJrWxM


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    13 MEMBERS OF CBC JOIN GROWING NUMBER OF VOICES THAT SUPPORT MAINTAINING THE FCC’S SPORTS BLACKOUT RULE

    The movement behind maintaining the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) sports blackout rule— and subsequently keeping NFL games on free, over-the-air broadcast television— has recently gained additional momentum with 13 members of the Congressional Black Caucus lending their support for keeping the rule in tact (see letter attached). These members of the CBC join a growing chorus of voices that have petitioned the FCC to uphold the rule, which already includes: Rainbow PUSH Coalition, UNITE HERE, National Football League Players Association, National Association of Broadcasters, CBS Broadcasting Inc., FOX Broadcasting Company, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League, Alliance for Retired Americans, and more.


    More information on the sports blackout rule and what it means for African-American communities across the country:

    Supported by Congress for almost four decades, the sports blackout rule has helped keep NFL games on free, over-the-air broadcast television. While every other professional sport has moved to cable and pay-TV, including many of their playoff games, the NFL makes every local regular-season game and every playoff game available on broadcast television.

    According to a 2013 survey, 60 million Americans— 41% of whom are minorities— rely exclusively on over-the-air television. An estimated 22% of African American, 23% of Asian, and 25% of Latino households are OTA reliant. Many of these households include lower-income adults and seniors, who cannot afford the rising cost of pay-TV services. These 13 members of the CBC are concerned with the FCC’s proposal to eliminate the sports blackout rule and undermine the ability of sports programming, particularly NFL games, to remain widely available on free television. Without the rule in place, cable and satellite TV providers would potentially be able to undermine contractual agreements between professional sports leagues and broadcast networks that both support attendance at games and improve the viewing experience for those watching at home.

    The following CBC members signed the attached letter to FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler (list includes all three of the CBC members who sit on the Energy & Commerce Committee— the committee most involved with telecomm legislation):

    Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH-11), CBC Chair
    Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (MO-05), immediate past Chair

    Rep. Bobby Rush (IL-01), co-chair of CBC telecommunications working group, Energy and Commerce Committee member

    Rep. G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), First Vice Chair, co-chair of CBC telecommunications working group, Energy and Commerce Committee member

    Rep. Donna M. Christensen (VI), Energy and Commerce Committee member
    Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), Second Vice Chair
    Rep. Andre Carson (IN-07), Secretary
    Rep. Danny K. Davis (IL-07)
    Rep. Al Green (TX-09)
    Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (LA-02)
    Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24)
    Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-02)
    Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10)

    In addition, more than 10,000 football fans from across the country have petitioned the FCC to uphold its sports blackout rule, and hundreds of local community, faith, labor, and businesses leaders and organizations have urged the FCC to maintain the rule, including the following: Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association; Houston Area Urban League; Missouri Retail Grocers Association; and the YMCA of Kansas City.

    For more information on the sports blackout rule, visit http://www.protectfootballonfreetv.com.

    If you have any questions or would like to be connected with representatives from these organizations, please let me know. The Glover Park Group works closely with the NFL and would be happy to provide you with any additional information you require.


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    JACKIE ROBINSON RBI OF JERSEY CITY, N.J. WINS SENIOR BASEBALL DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE 2014 REVIVING BASEBALL IN INNER CITIES (RBI) WORLD SERIES

    Victory Marks Second RBI World Series Championship in Three Years
    For the Jackie Robinson-Jersey City RBI Program
    Game will Air on MLB Network and Stream on MLB.com on Saturday, August 16th at 4:30 p.m. ET


    Jackie Robinson RBI of Jersey City, N.J. has won its second Senior Baseball Division Championship in three years at the 2014 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series. They defeated Angels RBI, which was playing in its first-ever RBI World Series championship game, by the score of 7-3 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers. Jackie Robinson-Jersey City RBI finished the tournament with a 5-1 record. This Senior Baseball Division Championship Game will air on MLB Network and stream on MLB.com on Saturday, August 16th at 4:30 p.m. ET.

    Jersey City left fielder Mark Venice, 18, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Senior Baseball Division Championship Game after driving in a game-high three RBIs, including Jersey City’s first two runs in the first inning, and finishing just a home run short of the cycle. He finished the tournament with a .563 batting average (tournament-high), a 1.465 OPS (second highest, with at least 20 plate appearances), seven RBIs (tied for third most) and eight runs scored (tied for second most). Venice will be playing baseball with St. John’s University in New York in the upcoming academic year.

    The RBI World Series, which was hosted by the Rangers for the first time, is the international baseball and softball championship tournament of the RBI program, the Major League Baseball youth initiative designed to provide young people from underserved and diverse communities with the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success, and teach the value of teamwork and other important life lessons.

    The RBI program has provided a path for many players to enter the college and professional game. 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. There have been nearly 40 RBI players selected in the 2012-2014 MLB Drafts, 27 of whom have played in the RBI World Series (between 2009 and 2013).

    Since the inception of the RBI program in 1989, MLB Clubs have drafted more than 200 RBI participants, and more than 70 players since 2008. 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), Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Hector Santiago (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Tyler Skaggs (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and Justin Upton (Atlanta Braves). Crawford (Houston RBI – ‘97), Loney (Houston RBI – ‘99), Crisp (LA RBI – ‘95, ‘96) and Gallardo (Fort Worth RBI – ‘03) have each played in the RBI World Series.

    The RBI program, which has served approximately 2 million young people since its inception, 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. RBI currently serves approximately 230,000 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 World Series, please visit MLB.com/RBIWorldSeries.


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    MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ANNOUNCES THE TWENTY-FOUR TEAMS ADVANCING TO THE 2014 REVIVING BASEBALL IN INNER CITIES (RBI) WORLD SERIES

    First-Ever Appearances for Teams from Austin, Texas,
    Kansas City, Kansas and Prince George’s County, Maryland
    Senior Division Baseball Championship Game from Globe Life Park in Arlington
    And the Softball Championship Game To Air on MLB Network and MLB.com


    Major League Baseball today announced the twenty-four teams advancing to the 2014 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series, which will be hosted by the Texas Rangers for the first time in the championship tournament’s 22-year history. The 2014 RBI World Series features young men and women on youth baseball and softball RBI teams representing twenty cities from around the United States, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Tournament seeding and playoff games of the RBI World Series will be played on fields throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area, with the baseball championship games being played at Globe Life Park in Arlington, the home of the Rangers. The softball championship game will be played at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. The RBI World Series is the international championship tournament of the RBI program, the Major League Baseball youth initiative designed to provide young people from underserved and diverse communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball.

    The following is a complete list of cities (and leagues) represented in this year’s RBI World Series:

    Junior Baseball Teams (Ages 13-15)
    Austin, TX (Austin RBI)
    Detroit (Detroit Arsenal Youth Sports & Fitness RBI)
    Jersey City (Jackie Robinson Jersey City RBI)
    Los Angeles (Dodgers RBI)
    Miami (Miami Marlins RBI)
    Prince George’s County, MD (Prince George’s County Boys & Girls Club RBI)
    Santiago, DR (RBI Santiago and Villa Altagracia)
    St. Louis (Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club RBI)

    Senior Baseball Teams (Ages 16-18)
    Anaheim (Angels RBI)
    Caracas, VZ (Venezuela RBI)
    Cleveland (Cleveland Baseball Federation
    Houston (Houston Astros RBI)
    Jersey City (Jackie Robinson Jersey City
    Kansas City, Kansas (KCK RBI)
    Miami (Miami Marlins RBI)
    Philadelphia (Philadelphia Phillies RBI)

    Softball Teams (Ages 19 and under)
    Atlanta (RBI Atlanta)
    Cleveland (Cleveland Baseball Federation RBI)
    Harrisburg (Harrisburg RBI)
    Hilo, Hawaii (Nobu Yamauchi RBI League)
    Hoboken, New Jersey (Hoboken RBI)
    Houston (Houston Astros RBI)
    Minneapolis/St. Paul (Minnesota Twins RBI)
    Santo Domingo, DR (RBI Santo Domingo and San Pedro De Macoris)

    In order to earn a spot in this year’s RBI World Series, teams from 39 states, two U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and two Latin American countries (the Dominican Republic and Venezuela) competed in RBI Regional Tournaments. Austin, Texas, Kansas City, Kansas, and Prince George’s County, Maryland, represented by Austin RBI, KCK RBI and Prince George’s Boys & Girls Club RBI, respectively, are sending teams for the first time in RBI World Series history. Eight teams in the championship tournament represent RBI programs run by MLB clubs, including those from the Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins and Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta and Los Angeles will be making their record 20th appearances in the Series. Atlanta will seek to defend their softball title and tie Los Angeles for most combined titles (baseball and softball) with 14. Historically, eleven countries and U.S. territories around the world have competed in the RBI World Series, including the United States, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas, United Kingdom and Venezuela.

    The baseball portion of the RBI World Series launches on Wednesday, August 6th with an Opening Luncheon featuring Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. On Thursday, August 7th, the young men will participate in the annual MLB Scouting Bureau “Workout Day,” where they will showcase their skills in front of professional scouts and collegiate recruiters, and also a community service event at the North Texas Food Bank. The softball Workout Day will take place on Wednesday, August 13th.

    “Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities is one of our game’s most important youth programs, offering young men and women opportunities to succeed on the field,” Commissioner Selig said. “Most importantly, RBI provides its participants with experiences and lessons that go beyond baseball and allow them to grow as individuals. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I congratulate all of the players and coaches and wish them the best of luck in the 2014 RBI World Series.”

    The Baseball schedule of games begins on Friday, August 8th on fields in Grapevine (Grapevine High School; Oak Grove Ballfield Complex) and Colleyville (Colleyville High School). Both baseball championship games will be played at Globe Life Park in Arlington, with the Senior Division Championship airing on MLB Network and MLB.com on Saturday, August 16th at 4:30 p.m. ET. The softball schedule of games begins on August 13th on fields at Bob Jones Park in Southlake. The softball championship game will be played at Texas Woman’s University on Sunday, August 17th, and will air on MLB Network and MLB.com on Tuesday, August 19th at 10:30 a.m. ET.

    “The Texas Rangers, in conjunction with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, are proud to be hosting the 2014 RBI World Series,” said Texas Rangers Co-Chairman Ray Davis. “We are thankful to the cities of Grapevine and Southlake, the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District, and Texas Woman’s University for the use of their world class facilities during the event. Locally, the Rangers and the Rangers Foundation are pleased to annually support more than 2,000 kids playing RBI Baseball and Jr. RBI Baseball, and are honored to have the best of the best here in Texas through the RBI World Series.”

    Additional experiences for the hundreds of RBI players will include attending a Rangers game at Globe Life Park in Arlington and participating in a “Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life” essay contest administered by Sharon Robinson, daughter of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson. Twelve “RBI for RBI” scholarship recipients ($20,000 per student-athlete) will be recognized at the August 10th and August 12th RBI World Series banquets. In 2008, Major League Baseball established the “RBI for RBI” Scholarship Fund, a program created to provide financial support in the form of scholarships ($5,000 annually) to deserving high school seniors who participate in an RBI program league.

    The RBI program has provided a path for many players to enter the college and professional game. 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. There have been nearly 40 RBI players selected in the 2012-2014 MLB Drafts, 27 of whom have played in the RBI World Series (between 2009 and 2013).

    Since the inception of the RBI program in 1989, MLB Clubs have drafted more than 200 RBI participants, and more than 70 players since 2008. 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), Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Hector Santiago (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Tyler Skaggs (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Justin Upton (Atlanta Braves) and Chris Young (New York Mets). Crawford (Houston RBI – ‘97), Loney (Houston RBI – ‘99), Crisp (LA RBI – ‘95, ‘96) and Gallardo (Fort Worth RBI – ‘03) have each played in the RBI World Series.

    Yovani Gallardo said: “Playing in RBI meant a lot to me. For us as kids and the type of communities in which we lived, it was definitely a great experience to be able to play the game of baseball two days out of the week. For myself, I had the opportunity to travel for the first time to Anaheim and play in Angel Stadium. It was something that I will always remember. I had a great time playing in RBI and the RBI World Series.”

    Josh Felix, RBI World Series alumnus, RBI for RBI Scholarship recipient and pitcher for the Montclair State University Baseball Team, said: “I cannot thank the RBI program enough for the unforgettable experience of playing great baseball across the country, the privilege of stepping onto a Major League field, and, most importantly, being awarded the RBI for RBI scholarship. Thank you RBI.”

    The RBI program, which has served approximately 2 million young people since its inception, 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. RBI currently serves approximately 230,000 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 World Series, please visit MLB.com/RBIWorldSeries.


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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.
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    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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    Welcome to The National Bowling Association, Founded in 1939, operated by African Americans, and committed to the principles of Sportmanship, Fellowship and Friendship.
    http://www.tnbainc.org/

  29. Negro League Baseball ...
    Negro League baseball news, history, player profiles, feature articles, books, videos, shopping, apparel and more. The online home of Negro League baseball history.
    http://www.negroleaguebaseball.com/

  30. New African Soccer Magazine ...
    New African Soccer Magazine is the only monthly English language magazine and ezine dedicated to African football. We will give you all the news and views, twists and turns of the beautiful game from an African perspective.
    http://www.newafricansoccer.co.uk/

  31. NFL.com ...
    National Football Leauge
    http://www.nfl.com/

  32. Onnidan's Black College Sports ...
    The most comprehensive source on the internet for Historically Black College and University (HBCU) sports information.
    http://www.onnidan.com/

  33. Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center ...
    Offering sports event facility hosting, organizational and athletic meeting planning from small seminar rooms to conference-sized accommodations seating up to 1,300.
    http://www.rltac.com/

  34. Rod Benders Bass Club of Atlanta Georgia ...
    Are you looking for a bass club to join, and have a bass boat? New to the sport of bass fishing, and don't have a boat? No problem! We are always accepting applications for new members who are of good moral character with a willingness to fellowship and grow their knowledge and passion for bass fishing in a competitive environment!
    http://www.rodbendersbassclub.org/

  35. Roy Jones Jr. ...
    The official website of the one and only Roy Jones Jr.
    http://www.royjonesjr.com

  36. Satchell Paige ...
    Biography, Quotes, Stats, and more! The official website of Satchell Paige.
    http://www.cmgww.com/baseball/paige/index.html

  37. Society of North American Hockey Historians and Researchers ...
    The purpose of the organization is to foster serious academic study in the areas of field and ice hockey and to preserve North American and International hockey history.
    http://www.sonahhr.com/sonahhr/index.cfm

  38. SIAC ...
    Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC)-Official Site.
    http://www.thesiac.com/

  39. Southern Snow Seekers ...
    Promotes the sport of snow skiing among African-Americans and supports the National Brotherhood of Skiers in identifying a high-caliber minority skier in winning a berth on the U.S.Olympic Ski Team.
    http://www.southernsnowseekers.org/

  40. TalkHunting ...
    TalkHunting is an online discussion board (forum) that is 100% family friendly with no bashing, fighting, foul language or arguing allowed and is tightly moderated to keep it that way. It is simply a place for you to talk about hunting and fishing. A friendly place to learn from other outdoor enthusiasts and help teach those just getting started. We stand behind every legal method of hunting and fishing and believe we should respect each other's styles. Because of this, we have grown to have members in every state of the country and Canada.
    http://www.talkhuntin.com/

  41. The Black Ice Project ...
    The project's purpose is to promote international understanding, social responsibility, historic preservation, religious tolerance, and societal non-violence through the promotion of hockey and its history.
    http://www.theblackiceproject.com/blackiceproject/index.cfm

  42. The Bulldogs Online -- Bowie State University Athletics ...
    Bowie State University (Bowie, MD) sponsors 13 sports and is a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Bulldogs compete at the NCAA Division II level.
    http://www.bsubulldogs.com/

  43. Urban American Outdoors ...
    The Urban American Outdoors Channel, outdoors, black hunting, urban american outdoors, hunting, fishing, african americans, hunting shows and more.
    http://www.uaotv.com/

  44. Yahoo Sports ...
    Get the stats on your favorite athletes on this website.
    http://sports.yahoo.com


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