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"Celebration of Diversity Forum" Oct. 23 features local baseball pioneers

Second annual “Celebration of Diversity Forum”

Celebrating Local Players who Pioneered Diversity in Major League Baseball

Saturday October 23, 2004
9AM – 12:00Noon
El Cerrito Community Center
7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito

El Cerrito - The City of El Cerrito Human Relations Commission is sponsoring its second annual “Celebration of Diversity Forum” on October 23 from 9am-12noon at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. This year’s topic is “Diversity in Baseball Then and Now.” Several local men, “Pumpsie” Green, Gentry Jackson, Paul Daniels, Earl Robinson, who were “pioneers” in breaking the race barrier in Major League Baseball will discuss their experiences, and share their wisdom in a “round-table” discussion moderated by Bill Castellanos.

These men grew up and played baseball in Berkeley, El Cerrito and Richmond as kids. Some went on to play for the San Francisco Sea Lions and Oakland Larks before breaking into the majors. By sharing their experiences in baseball and in life they are willing to provide today’s youth with valuable insights to guide them along their paths to sports careers.

Representing today’s youth in the discussion will be Miguel Sanchez, star player for the El Cerrito High Varsity Baseball. Miguel‘s goals are to continue his education and make a career in the Majors.

California’s budget crisis and the West Contra Costa School District’s financial problems have resulted in a lack of funding for sports in the schools. Although donations have made it possible for the schools to provide for sports this year, how will tomorrow’s kids have opportunities to play sports, learn the basics of sportsmanship, and develop the skills they need to pursue their sports goals?

What can El Cerrito do to support and encourage the young people in organized sports today and tomorrow?

After the “round table” discussion there will be opportunities for the audience to talk with the pioneers through facilitated dialogues at individual tables. Any ideas or suggestions for supporting future sports programs that are developed by these dialogues will be passed on by the Human Relations Commissioners to the El Cerrito City Council for consideration.

The event is free. There will be food and beverages.

There will be door prizes – baseballs, books, video, etc.

There will be raffles of memorabilia to support El Cerrito sports programs – A Marquis Grissom autographed baseball, donated by the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Larks baseball caps, “Latin Legacy t-shirt”

Run dates: 2004-10-06 - 2004-10-23

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