July 30, 2015
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech, in conjunction with L.E.A.D. (Launch. Expose. Advise. Direct.), the country’s first instructional play program for inner-city youth, will host the first annual Safe At Home™ Game. The game is set for Saturday, August 1 at 11 a.m. at Russ Chandler Stadium and admission is free.
The event is sponsored by APIVEO (Always Play IV Each Other), the Atlanta Police Foundation, Russell Athletics and Zaxby’s. A limited concession offering will be provided by Zaxby’s.
The Safe At Home™ Game is a self-officiated, seven-inning baseball game between a special group of young, Black, inner-city youth, called Ambassadors, and members of the Atlanta Police Department to help foster trusting, cooperative relationships between the APD and the community. Grammy nominated gospel artist, Canton Jones (cantonjones.net), will perform as well.
Saturday’s schedule begins at 10 a.m. with the Ambassadors hosting a baseball clinic for children in the Police Athletic League. The Safe At Home™ Game game begins at 11 a.m. with on-field presentations to the Atlanta Public Schools following the game.
“Providing platforms for our L.E.A.D. Ambassadors to be admired as positive leaders instead of marginalized statistics is my Divine Purpose in life,” said C.J. Stewart, Atlanta native and co-founder/CEO of L.E.A.D. “We’ve partnered with like-minded organizations who understand now is the time to act, and any quality, sustainable change must include our young men.”
While the country has been gripped by violence in inner city communities, L.E.A.D. is determined to be a positive voice and a model for other urban communities.
Russ Chandler Stadium at Georgia Tech 255 Ferst Street Northwest Atlanta, Ga. 30332
Free parking on Saturday is available in both the Lower Peters Parking Deck and along Fowler Street.
ABOUT L.E.A.D., Inc.
L.E.A.D. (Launch. Expose. Advise. Direct.) is the country’s first instructional play program for inner city youth. Launched in 2007 by C.J. Stewart and his wife Kelli, L.E.A.D.’s mission is to empower an at-risk generation to lead and transform Atlanta, so they will develop into Ambassadors who will lead the world. Through its year-round Pathway2Empowerment programming, lead provides young men in Atlanta Public Schools with access to academic, athletic, civic and career development resources. Guided by six core values (excellence, humility, integrity, loyalty, stewardship, teamwork) young men are challenged to become stellar students, athletes and citizens. Since its inception, 100 percent of L.E.A.D. Ambassadors have graduated from high school, 95% have enrolled into collegeand12% have graduated from college.Visitwww.lead2legacy.org for more information and to donate through L.E.A.D.’s Giving Diamond campaign.