Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Metropolitan Junior Baseball League

For Immediate Release Contact: Chandra Lipford

April 29, 2009 Phone: (804) 264-6172

E-mail: mjbl@comcast.net

Website: www.mjbl.org


RICHMOND, VA – The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League (MJBL), a 43 year old 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, offers a national youth baseball league that is focused on bringing baseball back to the African-American community. MJBL is presently located in 17 states, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico. MJBL has launched a raffle for all members to raise funds to help their state representative attend the Inner City Classic on August 5-9 in Greensboro, NC. Raffle tickets are only $5.00 and the top prize is a 3 day/2 night trip to Nassau, Bahamas with airfare and hotel included. Fred Plump, commissioner of MJBL-Alabama and president of the Piper Davis League said, “I don’t think I have ever seen our kids so excited and work so hard on the ball field and in the classroom. They are all pumped up about possibly being selected to the All Star team. I hope that everyone in the community will support our raffle so we can raise the necessary funds to go to Greensboro.”

Other prizes include a 42” plasma TV, two tickets to a NASCAR race in Charlotte, NC, $50 Walmart gift card and other prizes will be named later. The drawing will take place during the Classic’s Black World Series championship game at Barber Park. Plump indicated that MJBL is finalizing the details to have a live broadcast of the game via the internet so that everyone will have the opportunity to see the game and the winning tickets when they are drawn.

The organization is also planning two upcoming events to raise awareness of the organization and raise money to fund baseball and educational programs for the youth. MJBL will host the Mookie Wilson Baseball Clinic in Harlem, NY on May 16th, as well as the Charley Taylor Golf Tournament at Andrews Air Force Base Golf Course on August 20th. Ken Free, MJBL chairman of the board of directors and former Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) commissioner said, “The organization and unity of the events for the MJBL 2009 season reminds me of the management style that was displayed when I served the MEAC and served on the NCAA Div. I Men's Basketball Committee. This will undoubtedly be one of the best youth championship sports events offered this year.”

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