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Established in May 2006 by New York Mets Manager, Willie Randolph, the Foundation supports programs and initiatives for improving athletic opportunities for boys and girls in the New York metropolitan area. With the objective of inspiring and providing positive leadership to inner-city children and young adults, the Foundation places special emphasis on supporting youth baseball programs and improving playing facilities.

In describing what led him to establish the Foundation, Willie Randolph said, “I grew up in Brooklyn and had the opportunity to play baseball and an occasional game of stick ball from sun up to sun down just about every day. Sure, I learned a lot about baseball, but I also learned a lot about life. I learned to be a team player and a leader. I learned about the need for perseverance, confidence and a positive attitude to be a winner – on or off the field. Too many kids don’t have the opportunities to learn these valuable lessons.”  
“Today, our kids suffer from a lack of quality playing facilities with organized programs”, he continued. “My vision is for the Foundation to be a major catalyst in reinvigorating youth baseball and help spark a resurgence of passion for the game of baseball in today’s youth”.

Willie Randolph

After graduating from Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn in 1972, Willie Randolph was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. In his 18-year career as a major league baseball player, he was named to six All-Star Teams. Willie played for the Yankees for 13 years and, later, coached for the Yankees for 11 years. He won two World Championships as a player and four as a coach. In November 2004, he was named Manager of the New York Mets – the first African-American manager of a New York major league baseball team. More >>

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