MLB's Urban Youth Academy In New Orleans Is Fourth To Open
MLB today is formally opening its new Urban Youth Academy in New Orleans at Wesley Barrow Stadium, which has undergone a $6.5M renovation. New Orleans marks MLB's fourth completed Urban Youth Academy following existing ones in Compton, Calif.; Houston; and Gurabo, Puerto Rico. The facility, like the others, will provide free, year-round baseball and softball instruction and education programming to youth in underserved communities in southern Louisiana. The renovated facility replaces a 55-year-old park destroyed seven years ago in Hurricane Katrina. Today's opening ceremonies will include New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landreau and MLB Exec VP & CFO Jonathan Mariner.