Some youth in our inner cities use sports as a springboard to a better life.
Along with natural abilities and someone to help guide and cultivate that talent, they can find that path to success at the next level.
Also, they need the ability to see and be seen – a place to compete at high levels and showcase their talents to help bring their professional aspirations to fruition.
Oftentimes, the scouts come to see the players play. But when the mountain doesn’t come to Mohammed, then players have to go to the mountain to be scouted.
GEICO, ESPN, and Paragon Marketing Group are working in conjunction to create such a platform.
GEICO is the second-largest auto insurer in the country; it insures more than 28 million vehicles. GIECO is providing an opportunity for youth to display their talents.
Everyone knows the world-wide leader in sports entertainment television and sports talk radio that simply goes by the acronym ESPN. It is on its platform that youth can display their talents.
And Paragon Marketing Group is a corporate consulting agency that specializes in sports, entertainment and cause-related sponsorship. It has been collaborating with ESPN for almost 20 years to bring live high school sports telecasts. Previously, it has broadcasted football, basketball and lacrosse. Now Paragon has added baseball to the list.
Together, they have created a vehicle for our teens to get the exposure they need to go further in their chosen sports profession.
List of current live high school programing:
GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff & Showcase, GEICO ESPN Basketball Showcase, GEICO State Champions Bowl Series, GEICO High School Basketball Nationals, GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase, GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals, and just added this year, the GEICO Baseball City Series.
In its continued commitment to being the biggest and best sports station by expanding it sports coverage to include more high school sports, ESPN is offering teens a national platform by which to shine.
“Adding the GEICO Baseball City Series is a natural extension in our efforts to showcase the top high school athletes in the country,” said Dan Margulis, ESPN’s senior director of programming and acquisitions.
The inaugural GEICO Baseball City Series began on July 8 and will continue through July 11 in at the Les Miller Field at Curtis Granderson Stadium, University of Illinois-Chicago. The alma mater of Miami Marlins’ all-star right fielder, Curtis Granderson, who personally donated $5 million to help fund this sports complex.
The event will feature four All-Star teams made up of high school players hailing from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and Miami.
The roster of the teams is selected by the high school governing bodies from each city, for Miami it is the Greater Miami Athletic Conference.
“This is a special opportunity for these student-athletes to showcase their talent on a national stage, proudly represent their hometowns and receive an enriching experience while competing in the sport they love,” said Paragon Marketing Group partner, Rashid Ghazi.
Local Miami areas schools will be well represented in the tournament, with players from Coral Gables, Miami High, South Miami, South Dade, Sunset, North Miami Beach to name a few.
Miami will take on Los Angeles on Monday, Chicago on Tuesday and New York on Wednesday in pool play games.
There will be a total of eight games played between the four teams over the four-day period. The championship placement rounds will take place on Thursday, July 11 and will be televised starting at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Now let’s play ball.