DODGERS’ ORLANDO HUDSON CREATES TOUR TO RECRUIT MORE MINORITY YOUTH INTO BASEBALL
LOS ANGELES-- Orlando Hudson, a three-time Gold Glove second baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers is teaming up with friends to implement his Around the Mound Tour. The tour was created to get more African-American youth interested in the sport of baseball.
Hudson announced the launch of his tour on April 15th, the day the first African-American,
Jackie Robinson, integrated baseball in the modern era. Robinson's 1947 Major League debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers ended approximately 60 years of baseball segregation, breaking the baseball color barrier.
“Most inner city kids do not get introduced to baseball due to the lack of instruction, fields and resources, I want this tour to highlight the sport and show deserving youth that they can excel in the sport despite the cultural disconnect that some may have with the game” said Hudson.
Hudson has gathered other African-American MLB players to help support his efforts. Orlando and his friends will visit the following cities where games are played by the Los Angeles Dodgers, to speak to middle school, high school, RBI and little league baseball teams in urban areas*:
- Jimmy Rollins (Phillies)-Philadelphia, PA
- Torii Hunter (Angels)-Los Angeles, CA
- Willie Harris (Nationals)-Washington, DC
- Ken Griffey, Jr. (Mariners)-Los Angeles, CA
- Juan Pierre (Dodgers) Los Angeles, CA
- Michael Cameron (Brewers)-Milwaukee, WI
- Justin Upton (Diamondbacks)-Phoenix, AZ
*Additional players and cities will be announced at a later date.
Another program similar to Orlando’s initiative is Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), which promotes greater inclusion of minorities into the mainstream of the game. “I love the difference MLB is making by increasing participation and interest of minorities in baseball. I also want to do my part with this tour to increase the numbers of minorities too.”
Since being drafted, Orlando has played in the Future’s Game and led the USA World Cup team to a silver medal with his spectacular talent. Hudson quickly moved his way through the minor leagues and made his major league debut in 2002. He is renowned around the major leagues for his fielding prowess, known for making breathtaking lunging catches and diving stabs at grounders. His defensive talents were recognized in 2005, when he won his first American League Gold Glove Award while with the Toronto Blue Jays.
In 2005, he was traded to the Diamondbacks where, in his first full season (2006), he set career highs, and won his second Gold Glove Award. After the 2006 season, Hudson became only the sixth infielder in major league history to win a Gold Glove award in both the American and National Leagues.
Orlando was selected to his first All-Star Game in 2007. In addition, he won his third consecutive Gold Glove Award for his phenomenal “web gems” and defensive expertise.
For more information about Orlando Hudson and his Around the Mound Tour please visit www.orlandohudson1.com or by calling Insights Marketing at 404.229.2881.
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