Torii Hunter to host Celebrity Golf Invitational in support of Compton MLB Youth Academy

Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at banquet following golf round

Former All-Star outfielder Torii Hunter will host the Urban Youth Foundation Celebrity Golf Invitational on November 14th at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles. Baseball Legends and an array of celebrities from the worlds of sport, film and television are scheduled to attend. The fundraising event is in support of the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, California, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016. The Academy provides free, year-round baseball and softball instruction to young people from communities, particularly those that are underserved, within the greater Los Angeles area.

Registered participants for the Celebrity Golf Invitational, which has been organized at the direction of MLB Senior Vice President of Youth Programs and former Los Angeles Angels General Manager Tony Reagins, will have the opportunity to play their rounds with sports and entertainment celebrities. As of today, additional baseball legends scheduled to attend include Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson, Eddie Murray, Frank Robinson and Ozzie Smith as well as former players, including Eric Davis, Doug DeCinces, Mark Gubicza, Kenny Landreaux, Kenny Lofton, Gary Matthews Jr., Darren Oliver, and Reggie Smith. Additionally, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia as well as current Major Leaguers and Compton Academy alumni Aaron Hicks (New York Yankees) and Vincent Velasquez (Philadelphia Phillies) are also scheduled to attend. Major League Baseball will honor Hall of Fame Manager and longtime Compton Youth Academy supporter Tommy Lasorda with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a banquet that will follow the round of golf.

Registration proceeds for the event and money raised from the silent auction will go toward supporting the MLB Youth Academy in Compton through the non-profit Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation. Additional information, including registration details and up-to-date celebrity attendees, can be found at

Additional sports figures scheduled to attend include Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson, sports announcer Terry Gannon, former basketball player and coach Byron Scott as well as Basketball Hall of Famers Reggie Miller and Cheryl Miller, who are the siblings of MLB Vice President of Youth & Facility Development and the first Director of the Compton Youth Academy Darrell Miller. Film and television stars, including Anthony Anderson, Don Cheadle, Brian Dietzen, Lou Gossett, Jr., Greg Kinnear, Kelsey Grammer, George Lopez, William Petersen and Richard Schiff, are also scheduled to hit the links. 

The MLB Youth Academy in Compton opened in 2006 as the first of what is now a growing network of facilities designed to give young people around the country, particularly those from underserved and urban communities, the opportunity to learn about and play baseball and softball at no cost. The facilities have served more than 10,000 young men and women in Southern California since its opening. More than 500 Academy student-athletes have gone on to participate in collegiate baseball and softball programs, and nearly 160 Academy alumni have been selected in the MLB Player Draft, including 50 in the last five drafts.

Four Compton Academy alumni have been drafted in the first-round, including 2015 selection Dillon Tate (#4 by the Texas Rangers), 2013 selections Dominic Smith (#11 overall pick by the New York Mets) and J.P. Crawford (#16 overall by the Philadelphia Phillies), and also 2008 first-round pick Aaron Hicks (#14 overall by the Minnesota Twins). Seven Compton Academy graduates appeared on Major League rosters over the last two seasons (Hicks, New York Yankees; Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics; Anthony Gose, Detroit Tigers; Efren Navarro, Baltimore Orioles; Jon Singleton, Houston Astros; Trayce Thompson, Los Angeles Dodgers; and Vincent Velasquez, Philadelphia Phillies).

There are now six operational Academies in Cincinnati (Ohio), Compton (California), Houston (Texas), New Orleans (Louisiana), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) and Washington D.C. Additional facilities are in development in Chicago (Illinois), Dallas (Texas), Kansas City (Missouri), New York (Bronx, NY) and San Francisco (California). Each MLB Youth Academy is similarly built with multiple fields, batting cages, pitching tunnels and indoor facilities (for both baseball/softball and educational activities). All MLB Youth Academies provide educational programming, such as SAT/ACT preparation and tutoring, and each Academy's goal is to graduate 100 percent of the youth it serves. Youth Academies also operate baseball vocational programming, offering its participants and members of the local community the opportunity to attend free seminars on umpiring, athletic field management, scouting and player development, sports and broadcast journalism, public relations and statistics, as well as athletic sports training.