Reds Urban Youth Academy Ribbon Cutting

The Reds cut the ribbon on a $7 million youth baseball and softball complex in Roselawn on Aug. 22nd with MLB commissioner Bud Selig joining Reds owner Bob Castellini, players Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce and Cincinnati area leaders at the ceremony.

FOX Sports Ohio was there to cover the official opening of the Reds Urban Youth Academy and share via Reds Weekly, which airs every Wednesday at 6pm.

Hall-of-Famers Joe Morgan and Frank Robinson were part of the ceremony to christen the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy, which will serve the youth of Greater Cincinnati with year-round instruction, educational and vocational programs. [VIDEO]

The complex is already the home site for Walnut Hills and Purcell Marian High Schools as well as the Cincinnati RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program but will be open to all through the Cincinnati Recreation Commission.

This is the fourth MLB Urban Youth Academy to be built in the United States; there are also facilities in Compton, Calif., New Orleans and Houston. Facilities in Haileah, Fla., and Philadelphia are scheduled to be opened soon. There are six current MLB players who were a part of the Compton complex, which opened in 2006.

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