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The last day for the camps for the 12-15 year olds will be tomorrow. We would like to thank all the kids involved with the program. I hope you all had a fantastic time!
A special thank you goes out to Coach Terry Johnson, Executive Director, Field of Dreams Academy in Atlanta, Georgia and his staff, Assistant Coach Bernardo Baker, Kim & Yulonda for joining us for this week. Coach Johnson told me that kids are having a great time.
Mr. Darrell Miller, Director
Academy Instructors–Former Major Leaguers
Mr. George Hinshaw, Education Coordinator Mr. James Bishop, Facilities Manager
Mr. Victor “Vic” Harris, Instructor
Mr. Carl Nichols, Coordinator of Instruction
Mr. Kenny “KT” Landreaux, Hitting Instructor
Mr. Dave Frost, Instructor
Mr. Kelvin Delgado, Instructor
Mr. Doug Takaragawa, Academy Coordinator & Programs and Scout Teams Manager
Mr. James Roberts, Broadcasting Instructor/Academy Announcer/Baseball Instructor
Academy Instructors–The Minor Leaguers
Coach Lyndon Poole
Coach Justin Roberson
Academy Instructors–Softball Coaches
Coach Elizabeth “Liz” Vazquez
Coach Kristen Aufdemberg
Academy Instructors–Junior Coaches
Coach Anthony Gose
Coach Rodrigo Veles
Coach Zach Wilson
The Academy Front Office–
Mr. Richard Josefson
The MLB Urban Youth Academy
Mr. Eldridge Eatman, Property Manager & Caretaker
The Academy Trainer–
Mr. Tony Diaz
The Academy Umpire–
Mr. Edmond Aguirre
Missing: Mr. Leon Murray, Security Manager
I would like to thank the staff for allowing me to go around taking candid pictures of them. Its not easy to pose with a minute’s notice and I appreciate their cooperation.
As usual, if you have any questions, please contact me. Thank you everyone.
The Academy holds a charity golf event each year in November
featuring many current and former Major League Players. The 2006
event included Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, Indians outfielder Kenny
Lofton and former Major Leaguers Tommy Davis and Vince Coleman.
The event included a silent auction with dozens of donated items from the Dodgers, Angels and Padres. This year’s event, hosted by Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, will be held on November 9th, 2007, at Pacific Palms Conference Resort in the City of Industry.
Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, with the assistance of the Positive Coaching Alliance, has established a series of clinics, starting with one for 50 Southern California-area youth baseball and high school coaches at the Academy in June 2007.
Coaching is probably the most critical element we need to address as far as teaching fundamentals and getting kids educated on the best way to play the game.
The Urban Youth Academy held the first-ever MLB Groundskeeping Field Day in September 2006 sponsored by Gail Materials. MLB Field Consultant Murray Cook and Los Angeles Angels Fields Maintenance Manager Barney Lopas held a clinic in front of 60 would-be groundskeepers, teaching them infield clay maintenance, mound/home plate care, turf grass management, The second clinic was held in spring 2007 featuring Padres Field Maintenance Manager Luke Yoder.
The Academy, in cooperation with MLB, the Professional Baseball Umpire Corp, the World Umpires Association, the Jim Evans’ Academy of Professional Umpiring and the Harry Wendelstedt School for Umpires, held the first-ever West Coast-based Professional Umpire Camp in November 2006.
The Academy also sponsored a High School Concurrent Enrollment Summer Program. In the summer of 2007, 20 students took transfer- level computer and personal development classes at El Camino College Compton Center, Monday through Thursday, from 8:00am to12:30pm. The students then participated in nutrition, plyometrics, baseball and softball training at the Academy from 1:30pm-4:30pm.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, along with their owner, Arte Moreno, have provided an annual grant for the establishment of a summer five-week academic and athletic program for boys and girls ages 14-17.
COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION
Approximately 52% of kids in the surrounding neighborhood graduate high school. When the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy opened its doors in February 2006, the founders mandated that it create a diversified program for its students that not only concentrated on baseball and softball, but educational opportunities as well.
An integral part of the Academy structure is a state-of-the-art computer room that helps assist with off-the-field education. In addition, the Academy partners with the University of Phoenix to offer an online Associates degree as well as a tutoring/mentoring program.