BLACK WORLD SERIES TO BE BROADCAST LIVE VIA THE INTERNET
RICHMOND, VA â€“ The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League (MJBL) takes great pleasure in announcing that the Black World Series will be broadcast live from Greensboro, NC August 8th starting at a 4:30 p.m. EST. The championship game will be shown via the internet that can be accessed at the www.mjbl.org website. New York Mets hall of fame inductee Mookie Wilson will do the color commentary for the game.
MJBL is a 43 year old non-profit organization that offers a national youth baseball program. MJBLâ€™s programs are primarily offered in African-American neighborhoods and are designed to encourage our youth to take pride in themselves and their communities. MJBL, presently located in 17 states, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico, will present itâ€™s 19th annual Inner City Classic August 5th-9th, featuring the Black World Series and the Bobby Bonds Memorial Symposium. The City of Greensboro, NC and North Carolina A&T State University will host this yearâ€™s Classic. The Symposium will also be held August 8th at 8 p.m. at Harrison Auditorium on the universityâ€™s campus. The feature topic will be â€œThe absence of African American coaches at the Division I level of NCAA baseballâ€.
Despite the reluctance of major networks to air this event, MJBL officials remained undaunted in their endeavor to air the game. It became a priority to make sure the nation had the opportunity to see our youth participating in our national pastime. Ken Free, Sr., MJBL Chairman of the Board and former MEAC commissioner said, â€œIâ€™m familiar with the difficulty involved in getting small market minority sporting events televised. I struggled for years to get a television deal for MEAC football games. Itâ€™s great that modern technology will allow the Black World Series to be aired live. Iâ€™m delighted that our kids will be exposed to a national audience who can view the positive aspects of the kids, their families and MJBLâ€.
Over 50 teams with youth ages 10 to 19 representing their state will converge in Greensboro for the Classic. The 12 and under division will compete for the Black World Series title, while the 13-15 and 16-19 age groups compete for the Classic crown. William Forrester, Jr., MJBL Executive Director said, â€œIt is important for our youth to see adults that look like them in leadership roles governing programs that they participate in. MJBL is all-inclusive, however we design our program to the specific needs of our youth. That is why we offer the Classic in conjunction with a HBCU. We believe that education always come first and we encourage all of our league members to strive to attend collegeâ€. Classic participants will be offered campus tours of North Carolina A&T State University and Winston Salem State University and provided insight from counselors at the Universities on their curriculum and the academic achievement necessary to attend. A hands-on Motorsports demonstration will also be offer by both universities to the Classic participants.
MJBL board member, Emory Holmes III, renowned writer from Los Angeles, CA stated that, â€œContractual obligations will not allow me to attend the game in person, but I am elated that I will get to view the game online. I feel this provides the perfect venue to show the world we do support our youth. I am urging all business owners, baseball enthusiasts, and people who just love kids that have restaurants and other establishments with big screen televisions and internet access to advertise and show the Black World Series.