The Urban Invitational wrapped up Sunday, giving the city of New Orleans a chance to show off another stunning renaissance. The local Urban Youth Academy went from concept to full-blown reality in just four years and it hosted a gala tournament for the second straight season.
The University of New Orleans swept all three games in the Urban Invitational and took control of Sunday's finale with a five-run sixth inning. Southern was the only team at the Urban Invitational to lose all three games.
D.J. Wallace, an outfielder for Southern University, was one of five players with Urban Youth Academy ties playing in the Urban Invitational this weekend.
Alcorn State and the University of New Orleans won Saturday in the Urban Invitational.
Sharon Robinson, the daughter of famed sports and civil rights icon Jackie Robinson, continues to use her own family tale to inspire as many people as possible with her Breaking Barriers essay contest.
Barret Rey never dreamed of being in this position. Rey, a New Orleans native and a former four-year letterman at Southern University, got to visit some old haunts as the baseball coach of Alcorn State this weekend.
Righty Andre Wilson worked seven innings for Grambling State and got the win, striking out seven batters and yielding six hits. UNO right-hander Shawn Semple pitched into the seventh inning, not allowing a run and striking out 10 batters while allowing just one hit and one walk
Build it up and pass it along. That's the guiding principle of the Urban Invitational, which seeks to grow the passion for baseball among inner-city residents. Major League Baseball has started at the youth level and hopes to carry its momentum to older generations
Southern and Grambling State met again Friday on the first day of Invitational at the New Orleans Urban Youth Academy, but the rivalry was friendly, collegial and constructive.
The patrons of the Reds Urban Youth Academy come for the baseball but they stay for the education.
On Wednesday at Cincinnati's Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy, Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, spoke to a group of about 50 young girls and later helped them craft their entries for the annual Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life Essay Contest.