Ken Griffey Jr. appointed MLB Youth Ambassador
MLB and the MLB Players Association on Thursday announced that Ken Griffey Jr. will serve as Youth Ambassador.
In his role as Youth Ambassador, Griffey will serve as an advisory and spokesman for a variety of baseball and softball initiatives by MLB and MLBPA. He’ll also appear in instructional and promotional videos and attend special events, camps, clinics and tournaments. So far, he’s scheduled to attend the 2016 All-Star Week events, the Elite Development Invitational at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida, and the RBI World Series in Cincinnati.
Griffey said: “I’m excited to be joining the Players Association and Major League Baseball as Youth Ambassador, and I look forward to using my passion for the game to help inspire and encourage children to play baseball. I have loved the sport for as long as I can remember because it’s fun to play, and I’m going to do my best to share that with kids.”
Griffey’s appointment is part of MLB and the Players Association’s commitment to work together to grow youth baseball and softball across the U.S. and Canada.
The announcement included a donation of nearly $2 million to youth baseball projects supported by Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson and former All-Stars Marquis Grissom and John Franco.
MLB and the Players Association have pledged $30 million to support the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation to improve the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across North America. Additionally, the initiative aims to enhance the quality of baseball and softball education, address overall youth participation in baseball and softball and help youth, including those from underserved communities, strengthen connections to the game.