Philadelphia Phillies Black History Month Youth Program

Philadelphia Phillies Black History Month Youth Program

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Philadelphia Phillies - The Phillies will join Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia for a special screening of "They Said We Couldn't Play: An Oral History of the Philadelphia Stars".

Major League Baseball and the Phillies efforts will include 'Breaking Barriers' visits with Sharon Robinson, a collegiate baseball tournament for HBCUs, special content from MLB Network & MLB.com, various MLB club activities, and more.

The event will feature a panel discussion with Phillies' Dan Stephenson, writer and producer of the documentary, Rob Holiday, Director of Amateur Scouting Administration, and Kenny Johnson, Coordinator of Multicultural Outreach. Also on the panel will be Dr. Mahlene Duckett Lee, who is the daughter of the late Philadelphia Stars' player Mahlon Duckett, and also worked with Major League Baseball to develop a curriculum for educating youth about the Negro Leagues. The curriculum will debut at a local school later in February, as well as be featured at the Phillies MLB Youth Academy during the year.

The MLB's key youth-related initiatives will be a central focus for Major League Baseball during Black History Month, with efforts, including those by MLB Clubs, touching down in multiple cities throughout the country. Activities launch with two Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life visits by Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, and continue with a collegiate baseball tournament designed to promote Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) along with several initiatives that celebrate the contributions of African-Americans to our sport and build toward a positive future on and off the field.

 

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