Top 60 HBCU players coming to Truist Park

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May 31—A two-day event featuring the top 60 Historically Black College and University baseball players in the country featuring an all-star game, home run derby and more will be held Thursday and Friday at Truist Park.

The event hosted by the Atlanta Braves will consist of a career panel, free youth clinic and home run derby on Thursday with two teams led by former MLB All-Stars facing off in the HBCU All-Star Game on Friday.

Day 1 of the event will kick off with a career clinic for the athletes at 9:30 a.m., hosted by the Braves and Minority Baseball Prospects. The 60 athletes will then coach a free youth baseball clinic for 500 players at 11:30 a.m., focused on pitching, hitting and fielding.

To finish Day 1 of the event, the athletes will take part in the HBCU All-Star Home Run Derby at 6 p.m. This event will be open to the public.

Day 2 of the event will feature the HBCU All-Star Game, with the 60 players split into two teams. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The teams will be coached by former Atlanta Braves Marquis Grissom and Marvin Freeman, along with former MLB players Lou Collier and Lenny Webster.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. for pregame festivities, including live music and over 30 local Black vendors. Hope & Will's Sandlot will also be free for ticket holders.

Tickets for the Minority Baseball Prospects HBCU All-Star Game and Home Run Derby are available at Admission is free for children 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Henry Louis Aaron Fund and the MBP Helping Hands Foundation.