New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy To Host Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary Event

NEW ORLEANS – In commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and its surrounding areas, Major League Baseball and the City of New Orleans will come together for a special community-based event titled, “Katrina 10 Commemorative: Sports and Mentoring Uplift New Orleans,” which will be held at the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy at Wesley Barrow Stadium in Pontchartrain Park, 6403 Press Dr., at 5:00 p.m.

         The event will feature a presentation to celebrate the 2015 Jack Fielkow Scholarship recipients.

         Scheduled to attend are:

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• Councilmember Jared Brossett – City of New Orleans (event co-host)

• Mayor Mitch Landrieu – City of New Orleans

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• Marc Morial – Former New Orleans Mayor; Director of the National Urban League

• Darrell Miller – Vice President, Youth & Facility Development, Major League Baseball

• Cedric Richmond – U.S. Congressman, State of Louisiana

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• Joe Bouie – Louisiana State Representative, 97th District

• Arnie Fielkow – President and CEO of the National Basketball Retired Players Association

• Cathy Harris – Co-Founder, Each One Save One

• Eddie Davis – Manager, New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy


         The Jack Fielkow Scholarship Program is named after the late Jack Fielkow, the father of former New Orleans City Council President Arnie D. Fielkow. The Jack Fielkow Scholarship program funds two $2,000 college scholarships annually, one awarded to a participant from the MLB Urban Youth Academy and one from the New Orleans-based mentoring program, Each One Save One. Jack was an avid sports enthusiast and had a great love for the City of New Orleans. Arnie played an instrumental role in the building of the MLB Urban Youth Academy in New Orleans and has a baseball background in serving as the President of Minor League Baseball’s AA Southern League. Arnie also previously served as Executive Vice President of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and is currently the President and CEO of the National Basketball Retired Players Association.

         The scholarships will be awarded to Christian Marshall, the valedictorian of McDonogh #35 College Preparatory School in New Orleans, who will be attending Tuskegee University in Alabama in the fall, and Marshante Collins, a graduating senior from Joseph S. Clark Senior High School in New Orleans, who will be attending Dillard University in New Orleans in the fall.

         Marshall, a New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy participant, overcame nearly insurmountable challenges but has used the setbacks to become an academic, athletic, and cultural ambassador in his community. Marshall has been a member of the Urban Youth Academy in New Orleans for 3 years and was recognized as the Academy Member of the Year. He is all All-District Player and has served as both captain and co-captain on his baseball team. He also balanced out his high school experience by serving on the student council, Mu Alpha Theta, the principal’s honor roll and being an active member in his church. Marshall will be pursing Mechanical Engineering.

         Collins, an Each One Save One participant, has excellent leadership potential that transcends the classroom and is displayed in being an instrumental part of the development of her younger brother. Marshall overcame several personal challenges to become an honor roll student in high school with aspirations to pursue a mental or physical health profession via Nursing or Social Work.

         “We are extremely excited about this year’s scholarship recipient who has exhibited excellent leadership and focus both on and off the field,” said Eddie Davis, Manager of the MLB Urban Youth Academy New Orleans. “We feel confident that the training and outreach provided through MLB Urban Youth Academy will be beneficial to his continued growth and development into college and beyond. Christian is just one of the thousands of young men and women the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy has reached through mentorship, education and baseball and softball-related activities. It’s an honor to host this special event, and we will continue to strive to do our part in making a positive impact on the region.”

         “We are delighted that Marchante Collins, this year’s determined and courageous recipient, rose above obstacles no child should ever face to excel in high school and begin her undergraduate studies at Dillard University,” said Cathy Harris, Co-Founder of Each One Save One.

         “This program fills an important need in our city,” said New Orleans City Councilmember Jared C. Brossett. “Participation in sports and mentorship gives our youth focus and a path of opportunity to realizing their dreams in athletics and beyond. The sponsors of this program deserve praise for the time and resources they are dedicating to the children of New Orleans.”

         “My family and I are honored to participate in the Katrina 10 event at the MLB Urban Youth Academy,” said Arnie Fielkow. “The Academy is a great asset to the New Orleans community and we look forward to continuing the Jack Fielkow College Scholarship program for years to come.”




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