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MLB HALL OF FAMER AND PHILANTHROPIST DAVE WINFIELD JOINS JAN. 8 HONOREES AS INGLEWOOD BASEBALL FUND AND LA ROCKSTARS BASEBALL CLUB COMMEMORATE FIRST DECADE DEVELOPING LOCAL YOUTH THROUGH COMPETITIVE BASEBALL
Inaugural Community Baseball Festival at Gardena Serra High School to feature appearances by NY Mets’ 2013 First-Round Selection Dominic Smith, AZ D-Backs’ OF Marcus Wilson, Tampa Bay Rays’ Devin Davis, #1 prep player and UCLA-Bound Hunter Greene and other Rockstars Alums developed with assistance of Inglewood Baseball Fund
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Former San Diego Padre, New York Yankee great and current advisor to the Executive Director of the MLB Players Association Dave Winfield will join the first-ever Community Baseball Fest presented by the Inglewood Baseball Fund on Sunday, January 8, 2017 from noon-to-4 p.m. on the campus of Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif. The half-day event is made possible with the generous support of sponsors including AttaTeam!, The Coca-Cola Co., Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Panda Restaurants and Peninsula General Insurance, among others.
“As the tenth anniversary of the LA Rockstars travel baseball program approached, our volunteers and supporters felt this was an appropriate and fun way to gather past players, their families and others from the community to show baseball still boasts a tremendous, positive impact to youth players and their families who may have been challenged by the financial demands of competitive youth baseball” said Erikk Aldridge, executive director of the Inglewood Baseball Fund and LA Rockstars founder. “When Derek Jeter was first coming up, he was inspired by Dave Winfield, and many of our kids were inspired in their time by Derek Jeter. We want to continue to honor that tradition and develop young men and women to continue to translate their on-field skills to become exemplary citizens and leaders within their communities off of the field."
Winfield, who’s spent more than four decades in and around MLB, often earning as much praise for his commitment to youth development and philanthropic efforts as his 12 All-Star appearances and seven Rawlings Gold Gloves, will be feted along with several others from the local community for their commitment during the first ten years of the Rockstars program and ongoing support of the Inglewood Baseball Fund. They will be joined by current MLB and college players, top prospects and potential draftees, many who have come up through the Rockstars program and benefited from the support of the Inglewood Baseball Fund and who now wish to pass their own expertise and experience on to the next generation of local players and their families.
“I look forward to January 8 and this opportunity to spend an afternoon at the inaugural community baseball fest helping to further the good works of the Inglewood Baseball Fund and the Rockstars Baseball Club,” Winfield said. “With so many community partners and others in attendance, we can take youth baseball in Inglewood and surrounding communities to the next level and create an even stronger foundation for positive youth development.”
Rockstars alums including New York Met AAA prospect and 2015 Florida State League Player of the Year Dominic Smith, Arizona Diamondback Single A outfielder Marcus Wilson, Tampa Bay Rays Appalachian Leaguer Devin Davis, Dodger and Angel prospects Brendon Davis and Dalton Blumenfeld, as well as Baseball America’s top-ranked class of 2017 prep prospect Hunter Greene who is signed to play for the UCLA Bruins, will join the day’s events including a showcase with other top players, baseball clinic for youth ages 9-12, skills competition for 13-14 year-olds and a college recruiting seminar for parents.
The half-day event will likewise recognize the 2013 Serra Cavaliers baseball team, including former teammates Smith, Wilson and Pepperdine Wave infielder Duncan McKinnon, who propelled the Cavaliers to the school’s first-ever CIF baseball championship; as well as a presentation of the Inglewood Baseball Fund’s annual “Coaching Impact” award to MLB Urban Youth Academy’s Jason McLaughlin, Kevin Martin, Carl Nichols and Calvin Young (posthumous); and “Community Impact” Award to Russell Greene, Alan Llorens, and Michael McKinnon for their ongoing dedication toward the program.
All registered attendees will receive a gift bag and an afternoon meal courtesy of Panda Restaurants. To register for the event, please go to www.communitybaseballfest.eventbrite.com. All proceeds benefit the Inglewood Baseball Fund.