by Rendell Jackson, Program Manager- Middle Schools, Department of Athletics At Grady Stadium
Several Atlanta Public School student-athletes were treated to a star studded weekend of opportunities and recognition as they were honored as “Ambassadors” for their hard work with the L.E.A.D. Organization.
During the 6th Annual L.E.A.D. Celebrity Baseball Clinic at Turner Field, the athletes were coached and worked alongside C.J. Stewart formally of the Chicago Cubs, Jason Heyward of the Atlanta Braves, and a variety of other M.L.B. players. The weekend continued as Founder of L.E.A.D. Atlanta’s own CJ Stewart organized their 3rd Annual Dinner with Champions Awards Celebration at the Turner Field 755 Club. Hosted by 680 The Fan Radio Personalities Chuck Dowdle and Sandra Golden, the dinner provided the back drop for a spectacular evening.
The elite of L.E.A.D., the Ambassadors are selected from the best of The Legacy League and represent L.E.A.D. and the city of Atlanta in summer college exposure baseball tournaments and in community service/civic engagement experiences in the metro Atlanta area from November – July.
Also on hand to recognize the students were APS Board Chairperson Ms. Brenda J. Muhammad, City Councilman Michael Julian Bond, Operation HOPE Chairman and keynote speaker for the evening Mr. John Hope Bryant, and Program Manager for Middle School Athletics Mr. Rendell Jackson.
What is L.E.A.D.?
L.E.A.D. (Launch, Expose, Advise, Direct), a 501c3 nonprofit organization operating in Atlanta, Georgia, is committed to having a significant impact on the number of inner city middle and high school student- athletes playing competitive baseball to prepare them to compete for college baseball scholarships.