MLB URBAN YOUTH ACADEMY
Over the past few years the Dedeaux Foundation has donated over $200K to the MLB Urban 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.
The Dedeaux Foundation’s partnership with the UYA has allowed more youth in Urban communities to have access to baseball.
The Mission of the Urban Youth Academy is this: "Through the Splendor of the National Pastime, Major League Baseball's Urban Youth Academy aims to set the standard for instruction, teaching and education in Urban America, and to enhance the quality of life in surrounding communities. It serves as a brick-and-mortar testament to MLB’s commitment to urban youth”.
MLB Urban Youth Academies are free, year-round facilities that strive to set the standard for instruction and mentorship in urban America while enhancing the quality of life in the surrounding communities. Each year over 15,000 youth participate in programs and hosted events with an additional 30,000 community members impacted through community-focused initiatives.
The UYAs provide unparalleled baseball and softball instruction, education assistance, career development opportunities, and members benefit from facilitated opportunities in which they are exposed to professional scouts and collegiate recruiters.
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 and Clubs operate Academies in Compton (CA), Houston (TX), New Orleans (LA), Cincinnati (OH), and Washington, D.C. The Philadelphia (PA) Academy is due to open in 2015.
The Dedeaux Foundation is proud to support MLB’s Urban Youth Academy.