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CBEA president and three-time All-Star Curtis Granderson is scheduled to meet Wednesday with Baseball for All founder Justine Siegel during Granderson's Grand Kids Foundation Baseball Camp to celebrate their partnership. Their camp is set to be held one night a week for six weeks this October and November.
"Too often, girls are told they cannot play baseball simply because they are girls," says Siegal, who holds a doctorate in sports psychology and has a raft of coaching credentials. "There is a cultural myth that baseball is for boys and softball is for girls. We believe that baseball is the greatest game on Earth and both girls and boys should be allowed to play it."
Similarly, CBEA has a complementary mission to provide opportunities for all children, regardless of their income, to play baseball.
And with the state-of-the-art facilities at Curtis Granderson Stadium at UIC, girls and boys can be inspired and learn that no matter what their dreams are, they can achieve them, both on and off the baseball diamond.
Winnetka child clinical psychologist Rob Daniels and his daughter, Taylor, 16, founded Illinois Girls Baseball to achieve a childhood dream for Taylor to form the first all-girl baseball league. With the creation of this six-week camp, they are one step closer to making their dream a reality.
The Chicago Baseball and Educational Academy is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded by three-time MLB All-Star, Curtis Granderson.
CBEA is dedicated to providing high-quality baseball education and mentoring programs to inner-city youth who otherwise would not have access.
We serve Chicago in three ways: First, we work with more than 60 existing neighborhood organizations serving 10,000 children by providing high quality practice facilities, professional baseball staff, and training opportunities for their volunteer coaches.
Second, we provide professional-quality baseball camps to children between the ages of 10 and 18.
Third, we we work to strengthen the capacity and impact of existing neighborhood organizations through leadership development.
The Chicago Baseball and Educational Academy mission is to build great citizens through baseball education, and mentorship.
About Baseball For All
Baseball For All is leveling the playing field for girls across America by addressing the social justice issue of gender inequality.
We want girls to know they can follow their passions. That they have no limits. That their dreams matter.
Join the movement and become a part of Baseball For All. Together, we will show our girls that we believe in them and their baseball dreams.
About Illinois Girls Baseball
Illinois Girls Baseball is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We strive to provide opportunities for girls to play baseball with other girls and enjoy the game while also being aware of the social conditions that have shaped their personal experiences.
Our teams are focused on player development, not only as baseball players, but also as young women, ambassadors for women's baseball, and for social change.
* New York Times: Will Women Play Major League Baseball?
* FanGraphs: Can Major League Baseball Legally Exclude A Woman?
* NBCSports Chicago: A Tournament Of Their Own: How Girls Are Helping Change The Face Of Baseball.
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