Our spring middle school baseball season is almost over. A champion will be crowned on Saturday, May 12th at Booker T. Washington High School.
I have seen amazing development in the areas of fielding, pitching and hitting. I’m most impressed with the improved baseball IQ of our LEADers. Our coaches have worked really hard to teach the game of baseball away from the field. Baseball requires so much patience and critical thinking. It is the perfect sport to compliment academic excellence.
High school coaches in the Atlanta Public School System will soon inherit some talented young baseball players that are committed to being successful on and off the field. Unfortunately, our playoffs this weekend will end the season of several schools. One season ends but another begins in June when the Junior Ambassadors compete and receive academic enrichment through August. Then comes our fall Legacy League. L.E.A.D. is serious about providing inner city Atlanta middle and high school age males with access to higher education and civic engagement through baseball.
It has been a pleasure to watch the development of the LEADers and their coaches. With so much negative press surrounding APS, teachers and principals are able kick back and watch their students represent their schools with pride. The scoreboard will dictate who wins the game on the field but our LEADers are winning at the game of life. Thank you gentlemen for your commitment and sacrifice during this 2012 L.E.A.D. Middle School Development League season.