We couldn’t have ordered better weather for our 5th Annual L.E.A.D. Celebrity Baseball Clinic at Turner Field. We had 60 clinic participants that had the time of their life.
Kelli, Mackenna and I arrived at Turner Field at 6:30AM knowing that today was going to be a great day because it has to be that way when Mary Jo Walker is involved.
For the first year, Kelli and I were able to relax and enjoy the clinic experience. D.J. Huyck, Ben Wolosick and Steve White handled the on field experience like champions. Dexter Fowler, Bobby Scales, Jon Mark Owings, Chris Epps and Travis Witherspoon had the kids swinging the bat with power from the Turner Field batting box. The kids were able to roam the outfield grass with Jason Heyward and Telvin Nash. Jemile Weeks and Tony Plagman taught them how to flash the leather in the infield dirt while Micah Owings and Jamel Mann showed the tools of the trade from the pitcher’s mound. Barbara Greene proved that baseball is 90% mental in her mental game of baseball workshop. Special thanks to all of the Kennesaw State University baseball players in attendance.
Doug Melton, ATS Graphics hung out with me for the VIP experience. He provided over 100 complimentary clinic t-shirts for all of the participants. We all remained refreshed with Blue-04 water. These were definitely homeruns for L.E.A.D.! Thank ya Kaisha Weeks!
Our annual Celebrity Clinic truly allows L.E.A.D. to connect communities throughout Atlanta. Serving others is the "Atlanta Way" and I’m so glad that we were allowed to L.E.A.D. the way!
Tomorrow is our 2nd Annual Dinner with Champions Awards Ceremony at Turner Field’s 755 Club. Angie Chesin and Mary Jo Walker are on deck but they are batting 1.000 so I’m not worried. Our keynote speaker is John Hope Bryant. Talk about a dynamic speaker.
We will be officially announcing the 2012 L.E.A.D. Ambassadors as well as the 2011 Jason Heyward Award recipient. There are over 300 guest confirmed with a few tickets remaining. Click here to purchase your tickets. You don’t want to miss this. Our Legacy Builder recipients are Michael Russell (H.J. Russell & Company) and Sam Bacote. Community Awards will be presented to Victor Menocal (Excel Sports Management), Tom Hughes (Hope Beckham PR), Kathy Brandt (Rotary District 6900 Assistant Governor), Tommy Thomas (Thomas Barber Shop), Lincoln Martin (former Houston Astros scout) and Chuck Dowdle (680 The Fan).
Special thanks to the Atlanta Braves, Georgia's Own Credit Union, Aramark and 680 The Fan for sponsoring L.E.A.D. Weekend!