April 18, 2013 - Atlantic League (AtL) - York Revolution
(York, Pa.): In partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, the York Revolution has announced plans to rebrand their annual golf tournament as the "Brooks Robinson Classic." The first edition of this tournament featuring the Hall-of-Famer and greatest third baseman of all time is scheduled for Monday, June 17 at Springwood Golf Club in York, PA. The tournament will turn Robinson's affection for and in the York community into a lasting mechanism to raise money for at-risk and low income youth in York. The tournament will continue to feature the involvement of Revolution players, giving participants a truly unique experience.
Other partners in the program are the York City Little League and the YMCA of York County, who will benefit from the proceeds raised by the tournament.
York City Little League serves 250 kids annually, ranging from age five to 14. The league was founded in 2005 as part of Little League's "Urban Initiative" program. The YMCA of York County has a Downtown location which is accessible to surrounding low-income neighborhoods, a wide variety of youth outreach programs and offers specialty Latino outreach and other services designed to help at-risk youth. The YMCA also has an existing partnership with the York Revolution to operate their baseball camps at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
About the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation: The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation uses baseball- and softball-themed programs to help build character and teach critical life lessons to underserved youth residing in America's most distressed communities. Founded in 2001 by members of the Ripken family in memory of their patriarch Cal, Sr., the Foundation works to create programs that positively impact at-risk youth through active community partnerships with America's most successful youth service organizations. The Ripken Foundation uses the baseball and softball field to help teach life's critical lessons such as perseverance, loyalty, nutrition, hard work and leadership to young people residing in disadvantaged communities. In 2012, the Foundation impacted more than 154,000 youth in 47 states around the country through Badges for Baseball.
The Foundation's mission is to serve disadvantaged young people through baseball and softball themed programs. The Foundation has the resources and expertise to focus on and amplify these individual efforts in York involving York City Little League and the YMCA. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will reinvest all tournament proceeds from the Brooks Robinson Classic in the York community.
"With Brooks being involved in our organization, the connection to partner with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation was so logical to help bolster youth baseball and outreach programs in our city," said Revolution President & General Manager Eric Menzer. "But I want to emphasize that baseball, softball and other recreations programs are just the vehicle - the real point is to give kids structure, role models, fun and hope for their future. It's amazing to bring two legendary baseball names in our region together with these local organizations to do this."
Brooks Robinson, the gracious namesake of the tournament, will be in attendance at the event. Before he played in 15 consecutive All-Star Games, won 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards and was a part of two World Series winners in Baltimore, York was Robinson's first minor league stop in 1955 with the York White Roses.
"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to raise money to put back into the York community, and especially to help at-risk youth. York helped me get started on my baseball career, and I've enjoyed many special relationships there over the years," said Robinson. "I enjoy being able to stay involved through my role with the Revolution. It's exciting to see the way the Revolution has become a vehicle for promoting not just baseball, but a real sense of community in York."
Individuals or businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities or reserving a foursome for the tournament should contact Reed Gunderson in the York Revolution front office, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 717-801-4492. An awards reception and dinner will follow the event at Springwood Golf Club.
The York Revolution Professional Baseball Club is a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. 2013 will be the Revolution's seventh season of operation at Sovereign Bank Stadium, the centerpiece of Downtown York, PA, located at 5 Brooks Robinson Way. The facility hosts all 70 home games in addition to myriad events through the entire calendar year. For tickets or more information, please call 717-801-HITS (4487) or visit the Revolution online at YorkRevolution.com.