MLB and MLBPA give $10 million to The Players Alliance
Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced on Monday that they will be giving The Players Alliance a pledge of $10 million.
The Players Alliance is a nonprofit that was created this summer by over 100 current and former Black players following the death of George Floyd.
The group aims to help grow Black participation in the game of baseball both on the diamond and in front offices.
The $10 million will be used to improve the representation of Black Americans in all levels of baseball and support baseball programs in public schools.
It will also provide grants, scholarships and community services in addition to offering player-led mentorships, donating equipment, and funding leagues, tournaments and clinics.
Other actions will include increasing Black business partnerships and employment through education, training and recruitment, while also supporting Black cultural education, camps and other programs.
“Recent events and social unrest have profoundly crystallized the need for prescriptive programs and additional education designed to enhance Black participation at all levels of baseball for the betterment of our game as well as society,” MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said in a statement.
“We look forward to working with The Players Alliance and MLB to make lasting changes and to have a substantive impact in this important area.”