The Hank Aaron Invitational is a partnership between Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and USA Baseball. The unique amateur development event serves as a youth-oriented, on-field diversity initiative that aims to get high school-age players, with diverse backgrounds, to the next levels of the game.
Formerly the Elite Development Invitational, the re-branded Hank Aaron Invitational, partnered with the Braves, adds a unique element to the program by offering the top 44 (in honor of Hank) ballplayers a trip to Atlanta after their week-long experience in Vero Beach, Florida, at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex (formerly Historic Dodgertown).
As part of Hank Aaron Week, the Atlanta Braves host the 44 athletes for a day in cultural education, with a tour of the King Center, Ebenezer Baptist Church and the home of Martin Luther King Jr. The main reason of the trip, a showcase game at Truist Park in front of college recruiters & professional scouts, is played on Saturday morning, followed by a Braves game to round up the experience.