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The 2012 Anderson Monarchs Barnstorming Tour A tribute to Jackie Robinson and Negro Leagues Baseball

April 15, 1947 - Jackie Robinson takes the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers and becomes the first African American to play Major League baseball in the 20th century, opening the door for future generations to pursue their dreams. For decades African Americans, shut out of the major leagues, formed and played in their own leagues - the Negro Leagues. In the offseason, players from the Negro leagues often boarded buses and "barnstormed" their way around the country, playing games against town teams, as well as Major League players. It was a tough way to live but a way to make a living playing the game they loved. The high level of play and the success these players enjoyed were what paved the way for Jackie Robinson's historic accomplishment.

Fast forward 65 years... June 30, 2012 - as a tribute to Jackie Robinson and the Negro Leagues, the AndersonMonarchs, an inner city, 11 year-old African American baseball team from South Philadelphia, will board an authentic 1947 Flxible Clipper touring bus, and embark on a 22-day, 4000-mile journey - barnstorming their way across the country - all the way to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, arriving during the 2012 Major League Baseball All Star Game festivities.

Along the way, The Monarchs will play games against local youth teams, meet surviving players from the Negro Leagues, visit historic sites - such as Jackie Robinson's grave site in Brooklyn, Wrigley Field, the Field of Dreams in Iowa, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Louisville Slugger Museum, the three remaining stadiums in the country which Negro League teams called home, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.


The Anderson Monarch's are a part of the Philadelphia Youth Organization Founded in 1989, the Philadelphia Youth Organization is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit based at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center at 17th and Fitzwater Streets. Since the organization’s creation, PYO programs have been filling a void for disadvantaged youth in the City of Philadelphia. PYO programs include instructional baseball and soccer leagues; high-level travel baseball and soccer teams; and programs for prospective college students.

The primary goal of the Philadelphia Youth Organization is to convey the importance and benefits of education to our participants. Coaches are required to monitor the academic performance of their players, and our leagues all feature an educational component. We have been successful at identifying academically gifted children in our program and helping them gain admission into high-quality area schools. We have also helped students navigate the college selection process, and several program graduates have earned athletic and academic scholarship at well-regarded colleges and universities.

We are proud of the work we do and feel that it benefits not just the youth and families we serve, but the community as a whole. By providing quality recreation options we give children alternatives to the streets. By providing guidance and mentoring we empower children to make smart, healthy decisions. By providing academic support and college prep work, we help ensure that our participants are equipped to make a positive impact on others. All of this means a healthier, more livable community for everyone.


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