City leaders along with sports figures announced Sylvester Turner Park will soon become one of only three MLB urban youth academies.
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The academy will provide valuable exposure to young people in Houston to the professional sport. MLB, the Houston Astros, the City of Houston and the State of Texas are each pitching in $600,000 to get the facility off the ground.
State Representative Sylvester Turner says he is very excited his park was chosen for the academy in acres home. He also thanked his Harvard classmate Jerry Lee Solomon. Solomon also works for MLB. Turner says Solomon believed in his effort and helped push through his dream with the front office at Major League Baseball.
The facility will not only teach the program participants about baseball but trade skills that could also be put to use at any professional baseball park in the country.
Drayton McLane with the Astros says the park will provide an economic boost for the area as well. McClane says they will have to hire grounds keeps as well as instructors for the facility.
Turner says the park will also be expanded adding another baseball field bringing the number to four diamonds on the grounds. The program is scheduled to open to the public sometime in late 2009.