The White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program provides a pathway to the game of baseball for more than 150 youth annually, while offering educational and mentorship programming aimed at pulling kids away from the dangers and potentially fatal distractions of Chicago’s violent neighborhoods.
In 2007, recognizing the lack of opportunities for young people of color to get involved in the sport, the White Sox established the ACE program with three main objectives:
- Gain exposure for young ballplayers in Chicago’s under-served communities among college recruiters and scouts.
- Reverse the declining interest and participation in baseball among African Americans.
- Create a program that prepares each participant to succeed in life beyond the diamond.
Now in its 15th year, ACE provides the financial means and educational resources for youth ages 12 through 17 – young men and women who are often the first in their families to go to college, earn degrees and build successful careers. In addition to baseball programming, ACE participants engage in community service opportunities, learn essential time management and communication skills and are shown what can be gained from hard work both on and off the field.