By Special to the Daily World
The U.S. Army returned as a presenting sponsor of Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Game and related events from May 13-15 in Atlanta.
“The strength of the U.S. Army is rooted in the diversity of our Army Strong Soldiers,” said Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, commanding general of U.S. Army Accessions Command. “The Army’s partnership with Major League Baseball and participation in the Civil Rights Game demonstrated our shared commitment to diversity and highlighted our shared values and history. [The Civil Rights Game} weekend’s festivities reflected the belief that all of us have an obligation to ensure all Americans have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and to help build a stronger nation.”
The Army served as the presenting sponsor of the Major League Baseball Youth Summit on May 14 in Atlanta’s Centennial Park, which was open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event allowed local youth an opportunity to participate in an interactive Army experience and try their skills on a NASCAR driving simulator provided by Revolution Racing, which was also sponsored by the Army.
As part of pre-game ceremonies on the 14th, the U.S. Army Parachute Team jumped into Turner Field.
Attendees of the Civil Rights Game on Sunday, May 15 had an opportunity to participate in an interactive Army experience as they entered and left Turner Field. The Strength in Action Zone was open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day.
In addition to being a presenting sponsor for the Civil Rights Games, Army also partnered with the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation (MLBUYF), with a focus on building students’ futures through educational opportunities and leadership development.