UIC to House Youth Baseball Game Between Chicago and Boston

Les Miller Field - the home of UIC Baseball.
Les Miller Field - the home of UIC Baseball.

June 20, 2013

CHICAGO – Preceding game five of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday, Chicago and Boston will be represented on the ball diamond as youth baseball teams from both world-class cities will converge on UIC’s Les Miller Field for the inaugural Summer City Classic.  Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and twin brother Paul Epstein will be honorary captains, while Len Kasper, Peter Gammons and Jeff Horrigan will announce the event.  The game is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning with free lunch provided by Giordano’s at Noon.

The Foundation To Be Named Later, whose mission it is to serve disadvantaged youth in Chicago and Boston, will host the event in partnership with two nationally-recognized thought leaders, Eric Davis and Robert Lewis Jr.  The game between Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West Little League and The Boston Astros is designed to celebrate the revival of urban youth baseball and to demonstrate how baseball contributes to positive youth development. 

Aside from a competitive contest between elite 16- and 17-year old players, Saturday’s gathering is intended to bring awareness to negative trends among adolescent minority males.  Several recent studies have shown that sports engagement can dramatically reverse these trends, reducing disparities in educational attainment and helping young men reach their full potential.

On February 6, nearly identical motivations spurred Flames alumni Curtis Granderson to pledge the funding for a new baseball stadium on UIC’s campus.  The facility will be home for UIC Baseball, but more importantly, is intended to serve area youth and the Chicago community. Partnerships with Major League Baseball (MLB), Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and various youth organizations will provide access to the aptly named "Curtis Granderson Stadium" for a multitude of events.



What:  The Inaugural Summer City Classic, presented by The Foundation To Be Named Later.  A part of The Hot Stove Cool Music weekend, celebrating baseball, music and giving back, two elite 16– and 17-year-old urban youth baseball teams from Chicago & Boston, will face off to bring awareness of using baseball to promote positive youth development.

Who: Chicago‘s Jackie Robinson West Little League vs. The Boston Astros
Theo Epstein and Paul Epstein will be honorary captains of each team
Len Kasper, Peter Gammons and Jeff Horrigan will call the game.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2013
9:00am – 12:00pm 
9:30am: Game Start

Where: Les Miller Field
University of Illinois Chicago Baseball Park
901 W. Roosevelt Road (field located south of PE Building)

Additional: This event is free for all attendees. Music and Food provided

Parking: Maxwell Street Parking Garage
1300 S. Union Avenue, Chicago

For more information please contact:
Miriam Ehrlich
(773) 580-4056