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2012 will mark the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color line. 

On June 30, our 11 year-old Anderson Monarchs will pay tribute to Jackie Robinson and Negro Leagues baseball by boarding our authentic 1947 Flxible Clipper bus and barnstorming their way to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. Along the route of their 22-day, 4000-mile journey, the Monarchs will play games against local youth teams, visit historic sites and, more importantly, raise awareness of this very important chapter in American history and the contributions of the great Negro League players who paved the way for Jackie’s historic breakthrough.

Some of the stops along the Monarchs' tour include:  New York City, Williamsport PA, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Dyersville IA, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Kansas City, Columbia MO, St. Louis, Louisville, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Charleston WV, Washington DC, Aberdeen MD, Philadelphia and Cooperstown NY.  The tour will begin with a visit to Jackie Robinson's gravesite in Brooklyn. The Monarchs will arrive in Kansas City during the Major League Baseball All Star Game festivities, where they'll attend the popular Home Run Derby at Kaufmann Stadium.  The tour will also include visits to LaMade Stadium (site of the Little League World Series), League Park (home of the Negro Leagues' Cleveland Buckeyes and where Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run), Wrigley Field, the Field of Dreams movie site, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Louisville Slugger Museum, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the Ripken Baseball Complex in Aberdeen, MD.  The Monarchs will attend Major League games in New York, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Wash DC. as well as Minor League games in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Louisville and Indianapolis.  The tour will conclude with the Monarchs as guests of the National Baseball Hall of Fame at the 2012 Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies in Cooperstown.

The Monarchs hope to use the national stage to refute many of the common assumptions about the decline of African American youth playing baseball in our urban communities. They are shining examples of what is possible, both athletically and academically, when inner city kids are given the same opportunities as their peers in the more affluent communities. They prove that it’s a lack of opportunity, rather than a lack of interest, that prevents more inner city kids from playing baseball at a higher level.

Visit AndersonMonarchs.org to learn more about the 2012 Tour


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