Kevin J Forbes Scholarship Fund

KEVIN FORBES TRIBUTE
JUNE 25, 2015
IN APPRECIATION

PURPOSE

KevinJForbesTo acknowledge Kevin Forbes’ support for the Dominican Republic Sports & Education Academy. Kevin’s genuine understanding of the goals and mission of the DRSEA was greatly appreciated as he often became a goodwill ambassador for the organization, sharing it with others he came in contact with.
At the same time, Kevin, an avid baseball fan, was adamant about African American participation in the game he loved. His son is a player and he supported local baseball leagues and trumpeted the accomplishments of players.

Kevin’s concern was justified. African American participation in baseball is dangerously near as low as it was when Jack Robinson broke the color line; as low as it has been since the 1950s. After peaking in the 1980s, the number of African Americans in Major League baseball has steadily declined. Currently, African Americans comprise just 7.8 percent of Major League Baseball team rosters.

The statistics are even worse at the college level where only 2 percent of the players are black. The fact that MLB is targeting college players over high school prospects further narrows the pool in reducing the number of blacks in the big leagues.

Conversely, the number of players of Latin descent continues to increase, currently making up 28 percent of MLB rosters. The Dominican Republic leads the way, trailing only the United States in producing MLB players, with 82 players on 2014 Opening Day rosters. Not only do all 30 Major League Baseball teams run academies in the Dominican Republic to train Dominican players, most import players to the Dominican Republic from Venezuela, Nicaragua, Panama and other Latin American countries. In essence, the Dominican Republic has become the world epicenter of baseball player development.

The huge presence of Major League Baseball in the Dominican Republic attests to the amount of talent in the country and the success of so many Dominican players, in large part due to the country’s solid baseball infrastructure. From the infrastructure perspective, the Dominican Republic has a rich tradition of baseball players, excellent fields and instructors, and baseball is an integral part of the culture; it is national sport of the country.

It is therefore reasonable to believe that if Dominicans and other Latin American players thrive in the Dominican baseball environment, other players will likewise benefit from a Dominican baseball experience.

Conversely, the number of players of Latin descent continues to increase, currently making up 28 percent of MLB rosters. The Dominican Republic leads the way, trailing only the United States in producing MLB players, with 82 players on 2014 Opening Day rosters. Not only do all 30 Major League Baseball teams run academies in the Dominican Republic to train Dominican players, most import players to the Dominican Republic from Venezuela, Nicaragua, Panama and other Latin American countries. In essence, the Dominican Republic has become the world epicenter of baseball player development.

The huge presence of Major League Baseball in the Dominican Republic attests to the amount of talent in the country and the success of so many Dominican players, in large part due to the country’s solid baseball infrastructure. From the infrastructure perspective, the Dominican Republic has a rich tradition of baseball players, excellent fields and instructors, and baseball is an integral part of the culture; it is national sport of the country.

It is therefore reasonable to believe that if Dominicans and other Latin American players thrive in the Dominican baseball environment, other players will likewise benefit from a Dominican baseball experience.

DRSEA SUMMER BASEBALL EXPERIENCE

The Dominican Republic Sports & Education Academy proposes a two-month pilot project, in strategic partnerships, in the Dominican Republic in Summer 2016, involving 10-12 baseball players from the United States, ages 16 and 17 (rising juniors and seniors). The players would include African Americans as well as under-privileged American Caucasians and Latinos. Players would be hand-selected by a panel of experts, based on baseball skills and academic standing, and invited to participate in the project where they will receive baseball instruction from some of the top coaches in the Dominican Republic, as well as receive SAT and ACT preparation, and Spanish lessons. Additional Dominican players will be included in the project.
The goal is to provide a once in a lifetime baseball, educational and cultural experience. Selection of potential participants will begin this summer and candidates will be monitored over the school year before a final selection is made.

KEVIN J. FORBES SCHOLARSHIP FUND

As part of the project, we are establishing the Kevin J. Forbes Scholarship Fund to underwrite the annual participation of one or more young baseball players in the DRSEA SUMMER BASEBALL EXPERIENCE, as well as provide a scholarship for one or more young baseball players to attend the Dominican Republic Sports & Education Academy.

Contributions to the Kevin J. Forbes Scholarship Fund can be made through PayPal: