To honor the contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Atlanta Braves host their annual HBCU Night presented by Truist each season. The night highlights the impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and recognize Braves alumni who attended HBCU's such as Marvin Freeman, Marquis Grissom, Ralph Garr, and the late Bill Lucas.
The Atlanta Braves are hosting the annual weekend series between Historically Black College and University (HBCU) baseball programs, while honoring Braves Hall of Famers and HBCU graduates in the Ralph Garr-Bill Lucas HBCU Baseball Classic presented by Truist.
The 2022 weekend series will take place Friday, February 25 through Sunday, February 27, at Coolray Field, home of the Braves' Triple-A affiliate, the Gwinnett Stripers.
The three-game series features Grambling State University and Florida A&M University, the alma maters of Braves Hall of Famers, Ralph Garr and Bill Lucas.
Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the growth of Black Baseball across the Southeast. More ticket information to come closer to the event date.
Named after the first Black general manager in MLB and Florida A&M University alum, the Bill Lucas Fellowship offers a two-year opportunity to work in the Braves baseball operations department to gain valuable experience and further the talent pool of African Americans in baseball operations.
The Atlanta Braves, in partnership with Truist, hosted a virtual panel featuring members of the Braves Front Office who attended HBCU’s. Students and recent graduates learned about the Sports and Entertainment industry as well the business of baseball.
The Atlanta Braves have partnered with Rapsodo, a leading provider of ball-flight trackers for pitchers and hitters, to give 10 HBCU baseball programs access to their player development technology. The Braves and Rapsodo are focused on growing the game and providing safe playing fields and equipment needs at HBCU’s located in the Braves region.
In partnership with 10 unique HBCU’s in the Braves’ region, Rapsodo provided HITTING 2.0 and PITCHING 2.0 units, education, analytics support, and testing access to the Braves’ local youth development initiatives. The programs include the RBI Fall Development Program presented by Nike and the 44 Classic presented by Nike.
The 10 schools are Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Alcorn State University, Clark Atlanta University, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Grambling State University, Jackson State University, Morehouse College, Southern University and Tuskegee University.
Former Braves pitcher Marvin Freeman joins "Behind the Braves" to discuss his work in growing the game of baseball within the African-American community. He also elaborates on his fantastic work with the Marvin Freeman Youth Foundation (marvinfreemanyouthfoundation.org), attending Jackson State University, the impact of HBCUs, and more!
For the 2020 baseball season, the Tuskegee University baseball team announced their return to playing on the university campus after an eight-year hiatus. The university rededicated the renovated James B. Washington Field earlier this year, which was named after James B. Washington. James organized the university’s first baseball team in 1892 and referred to as “the Father of Athletics at Tuskegee.” James is also the brother of Dr. Booker T. Washington, former President and founder of Tuskegee University.
A part of this new renovation, the Atlanta Braves in partnership with Coca-Cola United provided a new branded scoreboard, John Deere gator, and university-branded tarp and tarp cover.