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Chicago Baseball Month Kick-Off Weekend
August 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am - August 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm$15 – $125
The only thing the city of Chicago loves more than hot dogs is likely its love of baseball. Whether your heart is entrenched in Wrigleyville or Englewood, it’s a common bond most Chicagoans share. Although the rivalry is undoubtedly intense, the shared love of the game is unmatched. It’s that love that will bring both sides together next month. Something the Chicago Baseball & Education Academy (CBEA) is dubbing, one city, one team.
2021 Chicago Baseball Month kicks off August 6-8. In collaboration with Chicago baseball leaders, including Founder, President, and former MLB All-Star Curtis Granderson, CBEA will bring children throughout the city together for a citywide youth baseball tournament. In addition, there will be training workshops, skill competitions, a celebrity 16” softball game, and a chance to meet Chicago baseball celebrities.
“We’re really excited to launch an event we feel the whole city can be a part of. Chicago is synonymous with baseball, especially being one of the three cities in the country lucky enough to have two major league baseball teams, this really is a baseball town. At CBEA, it’s important we continue to share our love and knowledge of the game with the next generation and encourage the positive teamwork and life lessons that can be taught through baseball,” says Steven Hartley, Executive Director, Chicago Baseball & Education Academy.
Since its’ inception, CBEA has served 10,000 children annually throughout the city, working with more than 60 Chicago youth baseball organizations. When the pandemic hit, many children were affected, taking a toll on their emotional health.
“This is really the time for us to get back together as a city, focus on the children, and give them something to celebrate again. This past year has been hard on all of us, especially our kids. To be able to get outside and do something they love again, interact with their peers, and their mentors, you really can’t put a price on it,” adds Hartley.
It is CBEA’s wish that this collaboration with baseball leaders, including those from the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and from The University of Illinois at Chicago, that they can unite the city as one team as they honor the history of baseball while forging a strong love of the game for today’s youth, reminding us all that in the end, we need each other, play on the same team, and all share a common story.
Events will be taking place throughout the entire month of August. For the full line-up of activities or to register, click here. To find out how you can support CBEA, go to their website.
Chicago Baseball & Education Academy is dedicated to providing high-quality baseball education and mentoring programs to Chicago youth who may otherwise not have access. CBEA works to build great citizens through baseball education and mentorship.