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"Wanna Play?" at the 2011 Civil Rights Game

It’s been a busy spring season for the “Wanna Play?” program and a busy season for the BaAM crews who have been onsite for each of these recent events.  Only a month after “Wanna Play?” took to the field in Houston, MLB and BaAM were busy again building excitement for local youth at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, May 14.  As an event centered on igniting inner-city youth interest and participation in baseball, it offered everything from batting cages and pitching stations to BaAM’s Center Field attraction and a Youth Summit with former players and stars. The day also featured a wiffle ball game with such baseball greats as Jeffrey Hammonds, Bobby Bonilla, Tony Clark and Cliff Floyd, which proved to be a highlight for several young players.  

In preparation for the big day, BaAM provided MLB with Project Planning, Project Management, Graphic Design, Site Planning, Security Planning, and Event Signage. As well, BaAM supervisors and project managers were onsite in Atlanta to provide event support and supervise the installation and dismantle.

The free “Wanna Play?” event was a precursor to the Delta Civil Rights Game played on Sunday, May 15 between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.  Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com remarked that, “The events and corresponding game are about remembering those who fought for key social issues on and off the field, but also about addressing the future…and that’s what Saturday’s Youth Summit put into action.”  You can learn all about this year’s Civil Rights Game and related activities at http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/civil_rights_game/y2011/.

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