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Frank Robinson Celebrity Golf Invitational Benefits Urban Youth Academy

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From Hal Eisner:

Frank Robinson is a legend. A ball player, first African-American manager in the majors and a Hall of Famer! Now, another first.

The First Frank Robinson Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament bringing together big names from TV, movies and sports to raise money for the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton. Actor Benjamin Bratt told me it's an amazing program that's helped 15,000 kids over it's 8 years so far. 1500 are registered this year for the program that has it's own major league baseball field and is guided on a daily basis by greats like former Angel catcher Daryl Miller and veteran Don Buford, who at one point played with Frank Robinson in Baltimore years ago.

Today's golf tournament at the Wilshire Country Club aims to raise about $150,000 to help the Compton program. Among those I spoke with Kevin Nealon from Saturday Night Live and Weeds. I've interviewed him before. He has a real interest in helping people. When we met before it was at a homeless holiday event. Today is was this kids baseball program. He shares Robinson's feeling that you have to "pay it forward" and that's what all of these famous people were here doing. Like Nealon said he's had lots of breaks. He likes paying it back by paying it forward.

On a personal note, during my liveshot I asked Frank Robinson a question he wasn't expecting. Afterwards, with a smile, he said "you threw my a curve ball." Sometimes its lines like that this reporter never forgets. Frank Robinson, a baseball great trying to do some great things for the kids of Compton.


(FOX 11 / CNS) MLB Hall of Famers Frank Robinson, Rod Carew and Reggie Jackson will participate in a celebrity golf invitational benefiting the MLB Urban Youth Academy.

The inaugural Frank Robinson Celebrity Golf Invitational to benefit the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy will be held Monday, Nov. 11 at Wilshire Country Club. Proceeds from the event will be used to support a comprehensive educational program and for improvements at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton. For information regarding playing in the tournament and sponsorships, please call 949-636-1977 or visit

About MLB Urban Youth Academy

The MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton is part of Major League Baseball's Urban Youth Initiative. Encompassing more than 20 acres on the campus of El Camino College, Compton Center, the Academy is a state-of-the-art facility featuring four fields, including a show field complete with scoreboard, grandstand seating, dugouts and lights; an auxiliary field; softball field; youth field; and a 12,000 square-foot clubhouse consisting of a weight room, locker room, and other training facilities, as well as batting cages and pitching mounds. The Academy operates on a year-round basis, offering free baseball and softball instruction, as well as clinics to youth throughout Southern California. MLB is committed to providing opportunities to play baseball and softball to young people in urban America through the establishment of the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academies. In addition to the first Academy in Compton, MLB has established and is operating programs at the Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy and the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy at Wesley Barrow Stadium. MLB has also announced plans to build academies in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hialeah, Florida, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Other participants include basketball legend Byron Scott, Cedric the Entertainer, Benjamin Bratt, Andy Garcia and Kevin Sorbo. Media availability from 8:30 to 10 a.m.; shotgun start at 10:30 a.m.

Wilshire Country Club
301 N. Rossmore Ave.
Los Angeles

For additional information regarding the MLB Urban Youth Academy, or any other upcoming clinics and seminars, please call the hotline at (310) 763-3479, or visit the website at:


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