Phil Niekro, Brooks Robinson and Harmon Killebrew have taken time to participate in the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Legends for Youth Clinic Series. The Alumni Association has conducted hundreds of free clinics and helped thousands of children over the years. Our mission is to provide a fun, positive baseball experience; to provide children with positive role models at our life skills station, where we talk to them about substance abuse, stress the importance of education and help them recognize they have the ability to make positive decisions; and, to teach young ballplayers the game's fundamentals in a multi-station format.
Established in 1999, the MLBPAA created the Legends for Youth Dinner to recognize former Major League players for their on-field accomplishments coupled with their off-field contributions to communities across the nation. In addition, the MLBPAA recognizes current players by presenting the Heart & Hustle Award, the winner of which is the player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game of baseball.
Since 2013, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association has spent endless time, energy and resources on growing our coaches clinic program. This program, which consists of free clinics for area youth coaches across the globe, serves to meet a simple, yet uplifting mission. This mission is to provide youth coaches across the country with the tools to better teach their players the game of baseball; to provide them with theories of all facets of the game; to illustrate drills to practice the game's fundamentals; and to promote baseball by ensuring youth receive quality coaching throughout their youth baseball career.
Since 1984, the MLBPAA has staged a series of golf events featuring some of the greatest names to ever play the game. The roster of superstars represent a broad spectrum of Hall of Famers, All-Stars, Gold Glove Award winners, former Major League heroes and characters of the game such as Ozzie Smith, George Brett, Cal Ripken Jr., Robin Yount, Jim "Mudcat" Grant, Tom Seaver, Vida Blue, Goose Gossage, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer and many others. With this lineup it's easy to see why we call the golf series, "Swing with the Legends."
The Alumni Association created the Heart & Hustle Award in 2005, voted on by alumni Major League players and presented annually to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game. Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was the 13th recipient of the Heart & Hustle Award when he was announced as the winner at the 2017 Legends for Youth Dinner in New York.