Phillies help fund city's first Urban Youth Academy

PHILADELPHIA - September 26, 2010

The Marian Anderson Rec Center has been the home of Major League Baseball's RBI program for more than a decade - allowing kids like Demetrius Jennings to play big and dream big.

"There's a lot of violence and drugs out in the streets right now and you could very easily get sucked into those negative things, and this is a positive value to have," explains Jennings.

Now this field of dreams is about to be expanded to even more kids.

Members of the MLB, the Phillies and the City announced a $3-million project that will turn this place into an indoor training ground for Philadelphia's first Urban Youth Academy.

The project will also include two state of the art fields that will be built at FDR Park.

This urban youth academy will be modeled after the first of its kind in Compton, California where from inception, 100 student athletes have been drafted.

But this is not only about chasing that dream - they're also pushing for education.

"I look forward to the day when I come back as Dr. Demetrius Jennings."

As a young man whose already being looked at by top schools like Duke, Yale and Princeton, it seems their efforts are already working.

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