A-Rod Returned “Home” to Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod), FOX Sports analyst and 14-time Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star, who was a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade as a youth, helped lead the MLB/Miami Marlins All-Star Week festivities at the Kendall Club. Approximately 1,200 people attended the event.
The event, emceed by Miami Marlins TV play-by-play commentator Rich Waltz, included Miami Marlins Owner David Samson; All-Star Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton; Miami Marlins legends Andre Dawson, Jack McKeon and Charles Johnson; MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade President Alex Rodriguez-Roig, Boys & Girls Clubs of America President & CEO Jim Clark, and members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Board of Directors. Together, the group unveiled the renovated, state-of-the-art Teen Center and the beautiful mural by renowned local artist David “LEBO” Le Batard.
After a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Teen Center, the celebration continued at the field refurbished by Scotts, the official lawn care company of MLB. A-Rod threw out the first pitch to J.J. Gomez, who currently attends Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.
During his childhood years, Rodriguez attended Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, where he participated and flourished in its baseball program. He spoke about his life-changing experiences at the club and meeting his baseball coach and mentor, Eddie Rodriguez.
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