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Announcement–Spring Instruction 2008

Good Afternoon Everyone!!

Don’t forget, we start making the Academy ID Cards for all the new participants and the oldies who have not received one tomorrow.

All UYA ID CARDS will be made on Thursdays and Fridays from 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM starting Thursdays March 27, 2008.

RE: Spring Instructional 2008
The dates for the start of the Instructional have been changed!! Please take note Instead of starting the Instruction on April 01, 2008, we are going to start on April 15, 2008 and End on June 10, 2008.
The days and times have NOT changed though.
If you have any questions, please contact me!

Behind the Scenes–Urban Invitational March 2008

The Construction of the press box!

Extra seating for the crowds that were expected to attend the Urban Invitational

The UCLA Team Arrives

Setting up Admission Table

Southern Arrives!

VIP Registration

Opening Ceremonies

Coach Lorenzo Gray (UYA Staff Member) & Co.

One of our Junior Volunteer takes a break

KT Landreaux and Miss Stephanie Gutierrez. Miss Gutirrez is one of our Broadcast Students. She broadcasted the Game between Southern & Bethune on Sunday.

Coach Kelvin Delgado & Volunteers

Setting up for College Fair

Admission Table.

People enjoying the games

El Camino College Compton Center Baseball Team members and Academy volunteers

Setting up to go on the Field (USC band)

Our Assistant Event Coordinator, Richard Josefson. He has gone on to work with the Colorado Rockies, but boy, did he really do a fantastic job coordinating events. Good luck with everything Richard! (I bet you he was glad the games were almost over at this point!)

The Southern Band

I lost all feeling on my feet by 7:00 PM. It was a good thing!

Merchandise Sales–Liz and Kristen

Broadcast booth

Mr. Miller, Director being interviewed

I hope you have enjoyed the pictures!!

See you folks at our next big event!


Urban Invitational–Sunday Results–March 02, 2008

Southern vs Bethune-Cookman
Things got started Sunday afternoon when Bethune-Cookman University bounced back from a tough loss to UCLA the night before with a big 10-4 win over Southern University in the meeting of the two HBCU teams. Big rallies in the fourth and seventh innings helped the Wildcats put Southern away. Here is a picture of the team:


We had a lot of fun this weekend. We are all tired, but the Urban Invitational turned out extremely well. The UYA Staff worked very hard to make this happen.

Thank you everyone! Z.

Urban Invitational Results–Saturday March 1, 2008

Opening Ceremonies:

Saturday March 01, 2008 Game One:

Saturday, March 1, UCLA vs. Bethune-Cookman, 5PM at MLB Urban Youth Academy The Teams: Bethune-Cookman

UCLA Results: UCLA baseball team defeated Bethune-Cookman, 2-0, in an Urban Invitational game played at Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy on Saturday evening. *Battle of the Bands – Southern’s “Human Jukebox” and USC Trojan Marching Band USC Trojan Marching Band Southern’s “Human Jukebox” Game Two: Saturday, March 1, Southern vs. USC, 8PM at MLB Urban Youth Academy Results: The USC Trojans scored eight times in the eighth inning Saturday to defeat the Southern Jaguars, 13-9, in action at the MLB Urban Invitational

Thanks Everyone!


Urban Invitational Friday Results 02-29-2008

February 29, UCLA vs Southern University, @ 6:00 PM at UCLA

UCLA’s 11-2 win Friday evening against Southern at Jackie Robinson Stadium February 29, USC vs. Bethune-Cookman, 6:00 PM @ USC USC Trojans shut out the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, 2-0, at Dedeaux Field

These are the results for Friday’s Games!!

I will post results of Saturday’s game plus pictures tomorrow.


College Fair


WHAT: The Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy and Tiger Woods Learning Center are hosting a college fair to provide students and their families with information about the importance of a college education. Over 20 colleges will present information regarding: * Preparing for College Admission * Financial Aid * Scholarship Opportunities
WHEN: Saturday, March 1, 2008 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy 901 E. Artesia Blvd. Compton, CA 90221 For more information, please call (310) 763-3479 ext 5 Or send questions to Richard Josefson at
The College Fair is FREE and open to the public. Immediately following the college fair, the Urban Youth Academy is hosting the Urban Invitational. UCLA vs. Bethune-Cookman, 5pm Battle of Bands Southern’s “Human Jukebox” vs. USC Trojans Marching Band USC vs. Southern University, 8pm Both games will air on ESPN 2

Winter Instructional League

Hello Everyone!! : )
Thank you to everyone who participated in The Winter Instructional Session 2008
The Last Day Of Instruction for the 8-12 year olds is on Thursday February 14, 2008
& The Last Day of Instruction for the 13-18 year olds is on Friday February 15, 2008
*We will still have activities for everyone. Please check out the information for the
Urban Invitational & The College Fair.
The dates for the next Instructional Session, The Spring Session, will be announced soon.
Keep checking the Academy Updates! As usual, if you have any questions, please contact me.
Z. Aguilar– 310-763-3479 Ext. 0
Have a fantastic day and I hope to see you here during the Urban Invitational & College Fair.

High School Showcase: Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008 1 p.m.

The best high school baseball talent from all over Southern California showed off their stuff for Major League scouts in an exhibition game at the Urban Youth Academy This Sunday February 10, 2008!
Red Team

The Blue Team

60 Yard Dash

Scouts and Spectators

Batting Practice

For more pictures and detailed information about the Event, please visit,

Thank you


Scouting Event: FEBRUARY 04, 2008

High School Showcase: Monday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. PT.

Come see the best high school baseball talent from all over Southern California as they show off their stuff for Major League scouts in an exhibition game at the Urban Youth Academy!

The public is welcome to attend. Free admission.





Tournament Featuring Teams From Division I Schools and Historically Black Colleges and Universities Major League Baseball today announced that the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy will host its first Urban Invitational Baseball Tournament from February 29 – March 2. Two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach, FL) and Southern University (Baton Rouge, LA), will face off against collegiate baseball powerhouses UCLA and USC. The participation of HBCUs in the Urban Invitational is part of MLB’s ongoing diversity and youth initiatives.
“The Urban Invitational Baseball Tournament is a part of our continued focus on reviving the majesty of baseball in the African American community,” said Major League Baseball Executive Vice President of Operations Jimmie Lee Solomon. “This tournament, along with the other programs at the MLB Urban Youth Academy, the Civil Rights Game and many of our other efforts, is reflective of the League’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and engagement of our nation’s young people. Our goal is to make sure that every child who wants to play baseball has an opportunity to do so.”
Tournament games will be played at the MLB Urban Youth Academy, USC’s Dedeaux Field and UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium beginning Friday, February 29 and continuing through Sunday, March 2. Both games on Saturday, March 1, 2008, will be played at the MLB Urban Youth Academy and broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans attending on that day will also be entertained by a live performance of Southern University’s, “Human Jukebox” and USC’s Trojan Marching Band, as they bring their unique musical performances to Compton, California. Bethune-Cookman University and Southern University baseball teams will square off against each other at 1:00 P.M. (PST) on Sunday at the Academy.
“ESPN is proud to be associated with Major League Baseball’s urban initiatives,” said Len DeLuca, ESPN Senior Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions. “The second Civil Rights Game and new Urban Invitational — 40 years since the tragic death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — are on the heels of our observance last year of the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier. ESPN is honored to join with MLB to celebrate baseball’s cultural history.”
Tickets to the games being played at the MLB Urban Youth Academy will be available for purchase on game day for $5.00. Proceeds from the ticket sale will benefit the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy, which is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
“On behalf of our team, I would like to say how honored we are to have been invited to an event like this, especially in its first year,” said Bethune-Cookman Coach Mervyl Melendez. “We hope that the Urban Invitational Baseball Tournament continues to grow and more people notice what Major League Baseball is doing for college baseball and Historically Black Colleges.” “Our program is very excited to represent UCLA in the tournament at the MLB Academy,” said UCLA coach John Savage. “We are honored to be able to play in the inaugural event. Our players are looking forward to the exciting weekend of baseball.”
Major League Baseball is committed to addressing the issue of African American participation in professional baseball. Through Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) and the establishment of the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California, MLB has pledged its resources to bringing urban youth back to America’s pastime. The inaugural Civil Rights Game in 2007 also reinforced the League’s dedication by paying tribute to legendary African-American players who broke barriers and made important contributions to American society.
HBCUs have long offered quality education and athletic programs and have a proud tradition of outstanding baseball players. Hall of Famer Lou Brock, former most valuable player Andre Dawson and current Milwaukee Brewers star Rickie Weeks, all rose from HBCUs. Twelve HBCU players were selected in the MLB 2007 First-Year Player Draft. Through the annual Urban Invitational Baseball Tournament, MLB hopes to help these programs revitalize baseball in the African American community.
The MLB Urban Youth Baseball Academy encompasses more than 15 acres on the campus of El Camino College, Compton Center, the Academy is a state-of-the-art facility featuring four fields including a show field, batting cages and other training facilities. The Academy operates on a year-round basis, offering free baseball and softball instruction, as well as clinics to youth throughout Southern California
Game Schedule (all times Pacific):
1. Friday, February 29, UCLA vs. Southern University, 6PM at UCLA
2. Friday, February 29, USC vs. Bethune-Cookman, 6PM at USC
3. Saturday, March 1, UCLA vs. Bethune-Cookman, 5PM at MLB Urban Youth Academy
*Battle of the Bands – Southern’s “Human Jukebox” and USC Trojan Marching Band
4. Saturday, March 1, Southern vs. USC, 8PM at MLB Urban Youth Academy
5. Sunday, March 2, Southern vs. Bethune-Cookman, 1PM at MLB Urban Youth Academy
6. Sunday, March 2, USC hosts UCLA, 1PM at USC
Contact me if you have any questions.

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