About the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy

The Reds Community Fund (RCF) is dedicated to improving the lives of youth by leveraging the tradition of the Cincinnati Reds and the game of baseball. Since its inception in 2001, the Community Fund has been dedicated to improving the lives of youth through its baseball-themed outreach efforts. The P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy offers free, year-round baseball and softball training facility for boys and girls ages 4-18 residing primarily in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky urban neighborhoods.

The Academy was established in 2009 and operated for five years at a temporary location in conjunction with Cincinnati Public Schools. On Aug. 22, 2014, the Reds Community Fund celebrated the grand opening of the current Academy, the state-of-the-art, 33,000-square-foot Joey Votto Training Center. The indoor facility serves as the home to all Reds Community Fund outreach programs, including free fall and winter clinics and activities. The complex also features four renovated ballfields, including two synthetic infields and one stadium field that serves as the home to Walnut Hills and Purcell Marian High Schools. Included is an official girls' fast pitch championship diamond.

Academy Objectives

Increase participation and interest in baseball and softball

  • Teach high-level baseball and softball skills
  • Prepare youth to play at the next level
  • Host individual skills training and coaching clinics

Encourage academic achievement

  • Provide academic tutors and mentors from local colleges
  • Host college preparation classes
  • Operate coaches and umpires training programs

Emphasize good character development

  • Integrate life skills training
  • Cultivate diversity
  • Create a positive environment