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Kingfish To Host Free Events Promoting Minority Interest In Baseball at Lincoln Park

Kingfish To Host Free Events Promoting Minority Interest In Baseball at Lincoln Park

Kenosha, Wis. – The Kenosha Kingfish have partnered with the Mahone Fund CEO mentoring program and the City of Kenosha to raise youth awareness and interest in the sport of baseball in the inner city.

Currently only 8% of Major League Baseball rosters are comprised of African American athletes. The Kingfish and the Mahone Fund CEO Alumni are collaborating to ensure that the nationwide decline in minorities playing baseball is not a trend in Kenosha. 

"We see ourselves as the caretakers of baseball in the community and want to make sure that youth sports and baseball in particular are accessible for all," said Kingfish General Manager Jake McGhee. "We have a ton of great character players on our team and they are excited to join in this effort."

“Bob Lee Sr. and I approached the Kingfish and developed this partnership as a first step in a series of long-term opportunities to reintroduce and restore the fundamentals of youth baseball in the inner city. Our CEO Alumni are eager to give back to our youth and lead this initiative, which by the way has been a long time coming,” said Tim Mahone, Chairman, Mahone Fund.

“I'm very proud to be a part of working with the Mahone Fund and will do my best in this endeavor to bring baseball back to the inner city and created a renewed interest!,” says Bob Lee Sr.

The Kingfish will hold a free kids clinic for boys and girls ages 6-14 on Monday, July 27th from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Ball Diamonds.  Check-in begins at 9:30am at Diamond 1. Kingfish players and coaches will provide free hands-on training for all participants.  Additionally, in conjunction with Greater Mt. Hebron C.O.G.I.C., Kingfish front office members and the Blue Crew will host a free neighborhood scrimmage at Lincoln Park on National Night Out Tuesday, August 4th at 7:05 p.m. Check-in begins at 6:00pm at Diamond 2.  

To sign up for either the Kid's Clinic or Scrimmage, please contact Kate Kleiva with the Kingfish at 262-653-0900 or at kate@kingfishbaseball.com. For any questions about the kids clinic or the neighborhood scrimmage, please contact Kingfish General Manger Jake McGhee at 262-385-7205 or at jake@kingfishbaseball.com.

The Kingfish ticket office powered by Platinum Systems office is located at 7817 Sheridan Road and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Kingfish ticket office Powered by Platinum systems is open from 8:30am until the end of the game on home game dates. For more information on 7-game packs, season or group tickets, please log on to kingfishbaseball.com or call 262.653.0900.

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The Kenosha Kingfish are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit kingfishbaseball.com.