WASHINGTON, D.C. – The DC Grays summer college baseball team begins it’s 2017 Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League season with a Tuesday June 6 home game against the Alexandria Aces at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy (3675 Ely Place, SE, Washington, DC).
Game time is 7:00pm, and the Grays are honored to have special guest throw out the first pitch to kick-off the new season. Mark Gray (pictured above-right), a sports talk radio host on 106.7 FM The Fan and the Heritage Sport Radio Network, will do the honors that night.
Gray has been a fan and supporter of the DC Grays for several years, and is a regular at the Grays’ annual “Cigars and Curveballs” fundraiser hosted by Thom Loverro, a Washington sports media institution and a longtime board member of DC Grays Baseball. Gray was attracted to the Grays because he supports the team’s community outreach efforts – including the Grays’ extensive youth baseball programs for kids in Wards 6, 7, and 8.
“We are honored to have Mark help open our 2017 season,” said Grays General manager Antonio Scott. “He has been a great supporter of our mission in being ambassadors for baseball in the District.”
“For a kid that played the game growing up this is a dream come true,” said Gray. “I’m down with what the DC Grays stand for and I hope to be a part of it moving forward. Hopefully, I still have 60 ft. 6 in. left in the right arm and don’t make the Not Top 10” said Gray.
Mark Gray of WJFK-FM 106.7 The Fan and the Heritage Sports Radio Network
The DC Grays collegiate team begins its 2017 season on Tuesday June 6th, 7PM at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy (3675 Ely Place SE, Washington, DC 20019) which is the home field for the team. This will be the Grays fourth season using the Academy as its home field – and the Academy’s location on Ely Place allows the Grays to make top-quality college baseball available to inner-city kids and their families.
The Grays also partner with Major League Baseball to operate the “Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities” (RBI) program for DC. Through the “DC Grays RBI” program, the Grays sponsor nine baseball and softball teams – primarily for kids in wards 6, 7 and 8. DC Grays RBI also offers a full “fall ball” schedule in baseball and softball as well as a winter training program.
“From the college Grays all the way down to DC Grays RBI, we are making the great game of baseball more available to more kids of all ages throughout the District,” said Scott.