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Reds Community Fund helps open new Urban Youth facility

CINCINNATI (Perry Schaible) -- If there ever was a field of dreams, the Reds have built it.

It's is a new, state-of-the-art baseball and softball training facility, but it's not just for teaching baseball. The academy will also provide educational and vocational training and it's all free with help from Proctor and Gamble.

The premise is that underprivileged kids can go with their teams to learn skills all year long.

Cameron Satterwhite of the Reds Community Fund said, "What we offer is baseball and softball training skills. We also offer educational and vocational training. It's not odd to come here and get a little infield and outfield training with some study tables and tutoring time as well. We do the full gamut here."

In all, there are 5 fields on the property, including one inside. Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony will include Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. Also expected are Reds' owner Bob Castellini and chief operating officer Phil Castellini along with some of the Reds players.

"This is an incredible time to be a part of the Reds organization," said Satterwhite. "The Castellini's have cast this vision of being able to put something together for the urban core here in Cincinnati. This is a great time for the city. The kids come in and see the facilities and the premises and they just go crazy. It's been phenomenal."

They will cut the ribbon on the brand-new $7 million complex Friday, August 22nd, 2014, at 11 a.m.

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