It’s the year 2024 and 42% of the NCAA baseball players are African-Americans.
That is one of the headlines that I’m working towards becoming a reality through L.E.A.D. If that headline becomes true, my wife Kelli and I would have successfully worked ourselves out of a job.
L.E.A.D.’s mission is to empower an at risk generation to lead and transform their city of Atlanta. Our vision is for our L.E.A.D. Ambassadors to lead Atlanta to lead the world.
L.E.A.D. was established in Atlanta in 2007 by my wife and I because of declining high school graduation rates as well as the low number of African-Americans competing in baseball at the collegiate level. The decline of blacks in the major leagues gets most of the media attention but it isn’t the major problem.
Back to 2014. In Atlanta, 60% of African-American males will not graduate from high school on time. In the NCAA, less than 6% of the baseball players are African-American.
Just a thought. It seems that the problem with the problem is that you can no longer make money off the problem if there is a solution. There is a lot of money being made discussing the decline of African-Americans in baseball.
|Nick Marigny was the starting shortstop for the Jackson State University SWAC Champions and will graduate 2015