"In playing ball, and in life, a person occasionally gets the opportunity to do something great. When that time comes, only two things matter: being prepared to seize the moment and having the courage to take your best swing."
- Henry 'Hank' Aaron
For many, Hank Aaron is known as 'Hammerin Hank', the homerun king, but they may not know Henry Aaron the man - a beacon of light within the community who serves as an advocate for social change and human rights.
Hank Aaron's greatest feat may be leveraging his on-field accolades as a platform to help empower and advance social, civil, and human rights. Whether it is through continuous philanthropic efforts, working as a front office baseball executive, or being a successful entrepreneur and businessman, Henry Aaron measures each step and sets the bar of excellence to ensure he impacts his community, country and the world for the better.
To honor Mr. Aaron, the Braves dedicated July 29 - August 4, 2019 as Hank Aaron Week, presented by Delta Air Lines. Among honoring and celebrating Mr. Aaron through service, education, and philanthropic programs, the centerpiece of Hank Aaron Week activities is the inaugural Hank Aaron Invitational. For the Hank Aaron Invitational, the Braves, MLB, MLB Players Association and USA Baseball recognized the top 44 diverse high school baseball players in the country, who competed in an inaugural showcase game - Hank Aaron Invitational Game at SunTrust Park.