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Groundbreaking Ceremony for P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy
CINCINNATI (June 30, 2013) The groundbreaking ceremony for the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy is set for Tuesday, July 2 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Roselawn Park, located at 2026 E. Seymour Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45237. The P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy will be a state-of-the-art facility providing free, year-round baseball and softball instruction and educational programs to Greater Cincinnati youth from ages six to 18. In attendance at the groundbreaking will be: Bob Castellini, Cincinnati Reds President and Chief Executive OfficerJodi Allen, P&G Vice President of North America Marketing and Brand OperationsDarrell Miller, Major League Baseball Vice President of Youth and Facility DevelopmentJoe Morgan, Cincinnati Reds Senior Director of Diversity and Strategic InitiativesCity of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Officials Marty Brennaman, Hall of Fame Broadcaster The complex will include four renovated fields and a 33,000 square foot building featuring batting cages, pitching tunnels and a full indoor field. The project completion is expected in the spring of 2015. In October, P&G announced a $2 million commitment to the Reds and the Reds Community Funds P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy. Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced in January that Major League Baseball is committing $1.5 million to the development of the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy. Major League Baseball is proud to join the Reds and their local partners in making this significant investment and commitment to the young people of Greater Cincinnati, Commissioner Selig said. The Cincinnati Urban Youth Academy will be a wonderful addition to the organizations rich history, and we are very pleased that our latest project will be the first in the Midwest. Our Academy will instill life values in the children of Cincinnati and provide a valuable perspective on opportunities in baseball and beyond. Its personally special to be a part of bringing this Academy to Cincinnati to make a difference in the lives of the youth of this region, said MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Development Frank Robinson. It will be a great resource for improving baseball and softball skills and also making sure education remains a top priority. Cincinnati has had a lot of great baseball moments over the years, but with this Academy, the most important play on the field is yet to come. The P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy is also supported by the City of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, and Reds owners and players including Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips. Construction partners include McGraw/Kokosing and MSA Architects. The Reds MLB Urban Youth Academy is the sixth announced Academy, and the first in the Midwest, joining operational facilities in Compton (California), Houston (Texas) and New Orleans (Louisiana.) Additional sites have been announced for Hialeah (Florida) and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). The Reds Community Fund currently operates the Urban Youth Academy at the temporary home of Cincinnati Public Schools Gamble Montessori High School in Winton Terrace and offers free baseball and softball instruction six days a week to boys and girls from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky public schools.