L.E.A.D. Inc. In ACTION!
This past weekend, BTF traveled to Atlanta, GA to participate in the Civil Rights Game activities, including an on-field check presentation at Turner Field with BTF grant recipient L.E.A.D., Inc. and Equipment Day grant recipient, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves hosted their Equipment Day collection at the stadium on Saturday and Sunday.
Cathy Bradley presented creator of L.E.A.D., Inc. and former MLB player, C.J. Stewart with an oversized check of $22,896.00. The funds will be used to purchase equipment, uniforms and travel team expenses for a new middle school program.
It was also extra special to visit the L.E.A.D., Inc. Middle School All-Star game that was held on Saturday afternoon. Similar to L.E.A.D., Inc.’s Ambassador program, a new program targeting Atlanta public middle school students ages 10-14 in King Middle School, BEST Academy and Kennedy Middle School has been launched. This will be the first baseball program for APS’s middle school students.
To see photos of the players in action, click here.
About L.E.A.D., Inc.
Established in 2007, L.E.A.D., Inc. (Launch, Expose, Advise and Direct, Inc.) is a non-profit organization established by former Major League player, C.J. Stewart, to increase the number of African-Americans playing competitive high school baseball in the inner city of Atlanta and to prepare them to compete at the college level.
The organization provides year-round programs for the 14-18 year old age group including baseball skill development, educational/leadership development, community service and coaches training through its Legacy League, an instructional fall league for inner-city players; the Urban Coaching Mentoring Program and the Ambassador Elite Exposure Team, a travel/tournament team for inner-city players aimed at providing exposure to college recruiters. L.E.A.D., Inc. is a partner of the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) and the Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Atlanta Partners for Education Program. To date, 100% of L.E.A.D., Inc. players have graduated from high school and entered college. Eighty-three percent of the players received college baseball scholarships.