Real ambassadors for baseball in DC
May 8, 2017
By: DCGrays.com Press
WASHINGTON D.C., under a mission and vision to help develop youth baseball in the District of Columbia, the Grays organization has been dedicated to providing equipment, clinics, camps, and many other resources to youth in the city who are both under-served and come from low to moderate income levels. One of the main outreach efforts by the organization began a few years ago when Chris Spera, VP of Baseball Operations for the Grays, took a special interest in a youth team located literally a shagged fly ball away from the Nationals Youth Academy (where the DC Grays Collegiate team plays).
The Sousa Middle School baseball team became and adopted program for the organization when Spera simply did what he always does so naturally…..help out! Since the adoption the Grays have helped the Sousa team with equipment, apparel, and some training as well. The Sousa team is only one piece to the machine that the Grays organization is building in Wards 7 and 8 of the city primarily and intended to spread across town as well. These areas of the city see the least amount of youth baseball/softball programs develop but that has changed and picked up some steam the past few years due to the efforts of the Grays organization along with some community partners.
Another program growing rapidly for the organization is the fairly new DC Grays RBI youth program which is sanctioned by Major League Baseball. In just one full year the Grays RBI program consist of several 15U and 18U baseball/softball tournament teams in which the selection tryouts or “Qulaifiers” in order to select the 15-man roster for each team has an average turn out range of 50-60 players. Throughout this past winter and early spring the organization held free “Saturday Workouts” in order to help youth get ready for the spring/summer baseball season. Attendance was on average 20-25 players each week which was an excellent turn out for the workouts. This past weekend the Grays RBI program continued it’s tournament teams selection process with it’s second of three “Qualifier” tryouts.
Here is a short clip and some great images from this past weekend’s qualifier:
Cigars and Curveballs event coming soon
May 8, 2017
By: DCGrays.com Press
WASHINGTON D.C., as the DC Grays organization gears up for it’s summer activities with both the collegiate Grays and the RBI Grays youth program, the excitement within the Grays world continues to grow. One of the key events that helps the organization provide resources for its programs is the annual “Cigars and Curveballs” charity event held graciously at “Shelly’s Backroom” (1331 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004) which has hosted the event each year it has been held. This year’s event will take place on May 22, 2017 from 6p-8p.
The event is catered towards the typical “Cigar Aficionado” but over the years the event has hosted some non-cigar smokers attend and have a great time with some of the individuals out there who support our cause. Guest appearances from local legends like Rick “Doc” Walker and Kevin Blackistone have been in attendance at the event the past few years and you just never know who may show to mingle with organization’s supporters.
Thom Loverro of 106.7 The Fan, the Washington Times and his “Cigars and Curveballs” podcast will again host the evening which includes an auction of MLB game tickets, signed memorabilia, vacations, and more.
HERE IS MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS GREAT EVENT
Loverro and Williams talk African-Americans playing baseball
April 25, 2017
BY: DCGrays.com Press
WASHINGTON, DC: Recently our very own Thom Loverro of the Washington Times wrote an article featuring Jimmy Williams one of the Grays assistant coaches and a local DC legend in the baseball community. As a native Washingtonian, Williams has a unique perspective about the sport he loves and himself have thrived from playing practically his entire life from little league to the pro ranks.
Read more HERE
Helpful equipment donation goes a long way
March 15, 2017
Washington, DC: On a random morning a few weeks ago Grays General Manager Antonio Scott received a phone call from a gentleman that he had never met before. Robert Harris, who sits as an at-large board member of the West Springfield Little League, made a heartfelt decision. Mr. Harris expressed interest in donating some used equipment and unused baseball pants and apparel to the DC Grays RBI program. “The equipment is still very much usable and I’m sure some of the youth you work with can benefit from some extra equipment.” explained Mr. Harris.
After a good conversation between Mr. Harris and Antonio, the two set up a meeting for the equipment to be collected. When they linked up, Antonio expressed his gratitude for the donation and that he would make sure that the kids under the RBI program will get first grabs at the equipment. However, the story does not stop there. Antonio expressed to Mr. Harris that he wanted to establish a new donation pipeline. He plans to do this in the form of sending some used and unused equipment and apparel to a youth program that his godfather has set up in Colon, Panama. “In addition to sending equipment, I want to establish some form of a pen-pal program between the youth my godfather works with in Panama and the youth we work with here in DC under our RBI program. I think it will help the youth that we work with here learn and understand the importance of giving/sharing with those who are less fortunate than you.”
The DC Grays organization would like to thank Mr. Harris and the West Springfield Little League!