There has been a downward trend of participation by African- Americans in baseball, with a lack of exposure to college recruiters and professional scouts as one of the contributing factors to the dilemma. The ACE program seeks to correct that issue for 105 qualified young players.
Through the ACE program, the White Sox give rising stars in the inner-city baseball community the opportunity to play baseball against other highly competitive groups on traveling teams. Athletes 13-18 years of age are challenged and given the unique opportunity to play among elite teams as well as prepare for success in life after baseball.
Since the inception of the Amateur City Elite program in 2007, eleven alumni have been drafted by professional teams while 84 players have gone on to receive athletic aid in collegiate baseball.
The past year marked another successful year for the White Sox ACE program's history. Twelve players from a single graduating class have committed to athletic aid from collegiate institutions. The 2014 graduation class includes:
All of these players have parlayed their baseball skills as a means to a college education, truly achieving the ultimate goal of the White Sox youth baseball initiatives. Since the inception of the ACE program in 2007, 11 alumni have been drafted by professional teams while 84 players have received athletic aid to play collegiate baseball.