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Amateur City Elite (ACE)

Amateur City Elite (ACE)

There has been a downward trend of participation by African- Americans in baseball, with a lack of exposure to college recruiters and professional scouts as one of the contributing factors to the dilemma. The ACE program seeks to correct that issue for 105 qualified young players.

Through the ACE program, the White Sox give rising stars in the inner-city baseball community the opportunity to play baseball against other highly competitive groups on traveling teams. Athletes 13-18 years of age are challenged and given the unique opportunity to play among elite teams as well as prepare for success in life after baseball.

Since the inception of the Amateur City Elite program in 2007, eleven alumni have been drafted by professional teams while 84 players have gone on to receive athletic aid in collegiate baseball.

The past year marked another successful year for the White Sox ACE program's history. Twelve players from a single graduating class have committed to athletic aid from collegiate institutions. The 2014 graduation class includes:

  • Christian Bland (Purdue University North Central)
  • David Calderon (Morehead State University)
  • James Davison (Howard Junior College)
  • Darius Day (University of Arizona)
  • Diontrell Earls (Purdue University North Central)
  • Angel Figueroa (Black Hawk College)
  • Justin Freeman (Southern University)
  • Kevin Jones (Northern Illinois University)
  • Anthony Justiniano (Wabash Valley College)
  • Adam Kelly (Illinois Central College)
  • Jamal Martin (Alcorn State University)
  • Lavar Reed (Hill Junior College)
  • Rahman Williams (University of Michigan)

All of these players have parlayed their baseball skills as a means to a college education, truly achieving the ultimate goal of the White Sox youth baseball initiatives. Since the inception of the ACE program in 2007, 11 alumni have been drafted by professional teams while 84 players have received athletic aid to play collegiate baseball.

  • Troy White       48th Rd (2008 Cleveland Indians)
  • Steve Florence       50th Rd (2008 Chicago White Sox)
  • Kendall Radcliffe       25th Rd (2010 Texas Rangers)
  • Ronzelle Fort       46th Rd (2010 Chicago White Sox)
  • Jonathan Clark       17th Rd (2011 New York Mets) currently playing in organization
  • Dontrell Rush       40th Rd (2011 Chicago White Sox)
  • Blake Hickman       20th Rd (2012 Chicago Cubs)
  • DeJohn Suber       38th Rd (2012 Chicago White Sox)
  • Corey Ray       33rd Rd (2013 Seattle Mariners)
  • Marshawn Taylor       35th Rd 2013 Seattle Mariners)
  • Ronell Coleman       40th Rd (2013 Chicago White Sox)

Video ACE Signing Day 2013