Over the past several years the Rod Dedeaux Foundation has donated over $200K to the MLB Youth Academy. With these funds, the academy has been able to restore and update some of their facilities including urban baseball fields, locker rooms and batting cages. 

Major League Baseball's Youth Academy is a not-for-profit organization based in Compton, California. The Youth Academy aims to set the standard for baseball and softball instruction, teach in Urban America, and enhance the quality of life in the surrounding communities. Major League baseball has set their four facets to the Urban Youth initiative:

·  Grow the games of baseball and softball while cultivating diversity in all aspects of the game

·  Make meaningful contributions to the development of urban communities

·  Provide safe and organized recreational activities for urban youth

·  Prepare urban high school players for college and professional baseball and softball programs

Their coaching staff consists of highly experienced baseball and softball personnel. They specialize in fundamental instruction by way of open workouts which gives members practical and theoretical training on the fundamentals of the game, while their educational component aids students in the classroom. They believe the skills learned in baseball and softball can be applied beyond the field, helping to shape a better community.

To date over 500 players have gone on to play collegiate baseball or softball, over 100 players have been drafted by Major League Clubs, several have reached the Major Leagues, and many more have established careers in the sports industry. 

Major League Baseball operates Academies in Compton (CA), Houston (TX), New Orleans (LA), Cincinnati (OH), and Washington, D.C and Philadelphia (PA).

The Rod Dedeaux Foundation is proud to support MLB’s Youth Academy.