Friday June 20, 2008 Anthony Gose’s dream became reality on Friday afternoon, when he signed his first professional baseball contract.
Taken in the second round (51st overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft by the Phillies, and signing his contract at the Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy.
“It’s a great feeling,” Gose said. “It’s pretty hard to explain, but I am ready to get started with my baseball career.”
Anthony has worked as a Junior Coach for the Urban Youth Academy for over a year. We are very happy for him. He is a wonderful coach and we are sure he is going to be a wonderful Major League Player!!
Good Luck Anthony!!!
Aaron Hicks visits the Urban Youth Academy after being drafted.
Pictured (from L to R) Academy Facilities Manager James Bishop, Aaron Hicks, Academy Coordinator & Programs and Scout Teams Manager Doug Takaragawa
Aaron Hicks will sign his contract tomorrow Friday June 13, 2008 at The Urban Youth Academy at 2pm (pacific time).
MLB.com will be sending a reporter and photographer — Mike Scarr and Ben Platt — out to cover the signing.
THE URBAN YOUTH ACADEMY KIDS ALONG WITH OTHER KIDS FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS who were invited for this event, learned about the programs the Tiger Woods Learning Center offers along with all the requirements needed to attend the Facility:
Read about it HERE
This is Mr. Walters Bio
(You are going to love the message he wants convey to everyone, esp. kids) If there is something you really want to do – no matter how impossible it may seem – with enough hard work and perseverance you can do it,” says Dennis Walters.
He should know. Dennis is the only person paralyzed below the waist who earns a living as a professional golfer. Back in the 1970’s, Dennis was fresh out of North Texas State University, which he attended on a golf scholarship. During his senior year, he led the school to its fourth consecutive Missouri Valley Conference golf championship. That same year, Dennis was runner-up in the prestigious Tucker Intercollegiate Golf Tourney, and finished 11 th in the United States Golf Association Amateur Championship. Dennis’ goal was to become a PGA touring professional.
From all appearances, he was well on his way. To sharpen his skills, Dennis spent 1973 competing on the South African tour and in mini-tour events in the U.S. Shortly before the 1974 Tour Quality Event, Dennis went home to Neptune, New Jersey, for a visit and to play a few friendly rounds of golf. On July 21, 1974, he was riding a golf cart down a steep hill on a course near his house when the brakes failed.
Dennis was thrown from the cart and suffered severe spinal cord damage. After five months of rehabilitation, Dennis went home. Immediately, he began searching for ways to make playing golf practical. He tried hitting the ball from his wheelchair, but found it to be unsatisfactory. He had trouble wheeling the chair around the course and could not venture onto the greens or into bunkers. Then one day he was struck with an idea. “Why not mount a swivel seat on a golf cart?” Working with his father and a couple of friends, Dennis fashioned a seat that would swing away 90 degrees from a golf cart.
Thanks to his design, Dennis can now get around the golf course and swing a club about as well as the next guy. “I had to experiment and modify my techniques,” says Dennis. “I basically tried to work on things I could do and not worry about the things I couldn’t.” The Dennis Walters Golf Show is a one hour combination of golf mastery and human inspiration. It is great golf, great fun, and a great message. The show is also about dreams. My dream was always to be a golfer.
I had an accident 25 years ago that left me paralyzed from the waist down and it was looking pretty bleak for my dream. I found there were a lot of things I couldn’t do, but there was no way I was giving up playing golf. I use my own experience to encourage all to reach for their dreams. My message is that with hard work and perseverance, you can achieve success at almost anything
Thank you everyone who attended. I really appreciate the fact that those who attended were here on time!! Thank you parents, and thank you kids for getting up early on a Saturday morning!!
Here is information about Mr. Dennis Walters Show.
We would like to Thank Mr. Walters for putting on such a great show. We were all very impressed!!
Please read about Mr. Walters by going to his website at:
Pictures from the Field Trip will be posted soon.
As of today, June 3, 2008, we are no longer accepting applications for Boys Ages 7-11, June 23rd-June 27th Group.
Registrations are closed for that age group.
We are still accepting registrations for the girls 7-11, June 23rd-June 27th Group though.