APS Baseball All-Stars to Face Cobb All-Stars in L.E.A.D. All-Star Baseball Classic at SunTrust Park

Brandon Sykes of Drew Charter and CJ Stewart of L.E.A.D.
Brandon Sykes (left), a 2017 graduate of Drew Charter High School, is one of the APS baseball all-stars who will face the Cobb County baseball all-stars in the L.E.A.D Legacy Classic at SunTrust Park. C.J. Stewart (right) is the co-founder of L.E.A.D.

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) top high school baseball players will take on the best from Cobb County Schools in the first ever high school all-star game to be played at SunTrust Park.

The L.E.A.D. Legacy Classic will be played Saturday, June 3 at 11:30 a.m. The game is free to the public. The game was born out of the APS All-­Star Baseball Game presented by L.E.A.D, which was hosted at Turner Field last year and featured all-stars from all APS high schools.

The team will be coached by Jason Anderson of South Atlanta, William Brown of Therrell and Antonio Coger of Maynard Jackson.

The APS All-Stars are:

Jalen Reardon and Jalen Cannon of B.E.S.T. Academy
Demario Smith
and Vernard Kennedy of Carver
Jaquan Smith
and Christopher Glover of Douglass
Brandon Sykes
of Drew Charter
Yan Matim, Micaiah Streator
and Chase Stokes of Grady
Roderick Hammond, Byron Brinkley
and Miles Jackson of Maynard Jackson
Jack Ferguson
and Chandler Coleman of North Atlanta
Trenton Jamison
and Devin Shaw of Mays
Joshua Browning
and D’Angelo Julio of South Atlanta
T.J. Pittman
and Cortez Hardy of Therrell
Montravious Taylor
and Kalveion Heard of Washington

L.E.A.D., Inc. – which stands for Launch, Expose, Advise, Direct, Inc. – was co-founded by Atlanta native C.J. Stewart and his wife, Kelli, as a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower at-risk youth to lead and transform their city. The organization has partnered with APS to facilitate the district’s middle school baseball program.

Stewart, a former professional baseball player and baseball skills trainer, hopes the game will help foster unity in metro Atlanta.

“The L.E.A.D. All-­Star Baseball Classic will serve as an inspirational catalyst to first, unite student-athletes from different school districts, and position them to use the game they love as a unifier,” said Stewart. He went on to say, “I believe by empowering our youth through this game, they can lead the way in showing us how to be truly unified once and for all. We are excited about providing this platform for unity through the L.E.A.D. Classic via our partnership with APS and our collaboration with Cobb County Schools.”


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