We have some of the best inner city high school baseball players participating in our baseball program. One of our players (Jarren Purify) has committed to the University of Michigan to play baseball. He is only 14 years old and a local kid from the eastside of Detroit. Another one of our 14-year-old players, Amare Snowden, just received his first college offer to the University of Arkansas Pine-Bluff. He stays directly across the street from SAY Play and has two brothers who are active SAY Play members. Every player on our high school team has the talent level to play collegiately and some professionally.
Our COVID-19-plagued summer baseball program has been spent as follows:
- Strength and Conditioning three days a week with a trainer on the Stafford football field while practicing social distancing.
- Hitting lessons from former Detroit Tiger Ike Blessitt in his home made cages located minutes away from SAY Play
- Practices and games throughout the week.
Coming up in August, we are finishing up our PAL season as we prepare for a playoff run and continuing to schedule home games for our 12 and under team at The Honorable Judge Damon J. Keith Field at SAY Play. Socially-distanced cowds of 30-40 people have been in attendance of the baseball games so far. Our goal is to change the stigma of the neighborhood by showcasing our youth on a positive platform for the neighborhood to see. We have been successful in doing that so far. Tentatively in August we are putting together a college showcase event strictly for our student-athletes with the help of a Major League Baseball Scout from the Cincinnati Reds. This is a solution we have come up with to help those juniors and seniors who missed out on some of the most important years of high school sports.