MLB Press Release
Legendary Entertainment to sponsor inaugural Frank Robinson Celebrity Golf Invitational
Event to Benefit the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California
Celebrities from Sports & Entertainment World to Help Support Inner-City Youth
Legendary Entertainment will be the Presenting Sponsor of the inaugural Frank Robinson Celebrity Golf Invitational to benefit the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California, which provides young people (ages 5 to 18) from underserved and urban communities in the Greater Los Angeles area with free, year-round baseball and softball training. Legendary's Chairman and CEO, Thomas Tull, produced the box office smash-hit "42," which was released earlier this year and told the story of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier.
The Frank Robinson Celebrity Golf Invitational will be held on Monday, November 11th at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles and also includes a dinner banquet. It is scheduled to feature a number of celebrities throughout the sports and entertainment world (see celebrity list below). For more information and to register for the Frank Robinson Celebrity Golf Invitational, visit MLB.com/UrbanYouthAcademy.
Celebrities Scheduled to Attend, Include:
Baseball Hall of Famers: Frank Robinson, Rod Carew and Reggie Jackson.
Former MLB All-Stars: Don Buford, Doug DeCinces, Ken Landreaux, Kenny Lofton, Mike Piazza, Bret Saberhagen and Dave Stewart.
Sports Legends: Basketball Hall of Famers Reggie Miller, Bill Russell, Jerry West and James Worthy; Basketball legend Byron Scott.
Film & TV Stars: Anthony Anderson, Carlos Bernard, Benjamin Bratt, Anderson Davis, Richard Karn, Kevin Nealon, Jack Noseworthy, Richard Schiff, Kevin Sorbo and Scott Wolf.
Current Major/Minor Leaguers: Mark Trumbo (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim); Hank Conger (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim); Aaron Hicks (Minnesota Twins; MLB UYA alumnus) and Dominic Smith (Minor Leaguer in the New York Mets organization; MLB UYA alumnus).
The MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, on which all subsequent Academies are modeled, has served more than 10,000 young men and women in Southern California. More than 350 Academy student-athletes have gone on to participate in collegiate baseball and softball programs, and more than 200 Academy alumni have been selected in the MLB Player Draft, including 14 in the 2013 draft. Two MLB Urban Youth Academy graduates appeared on Major League rosters during the 2013 Regular Season (Hicks, Twins; Anthony Gose, Toronto Blue Jays). Additionally, all MLB Urban Youth Academies provide educational programming, such as SAT/ACT preparation and tutoring. Each Academy's goal is to graduate 100 percent of the youth it serves. MLB Urban Youth Academies also operate baseball vocational programming, offering its participants and members of the local community the opportunity to attend free seminars on umpiring, athletic field management, scouting and player development, sports and broadcast journalism, public relations and statistics, as well as athletic sports training.