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Welcome To Kansas City Urban Youth Academy

The purpose of the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy is to provide our communities inner city youth with a dual opportunity: to develop into high character, productive members of society and at the same time learn the skills of baseball and softball. 

As an Academy, we are committed to providing a positive environment for our area youth. We will educate our players on what it means to be a professional while surrounding them with coaches, mentors, and role models who can teach them how to play the game of baseball or softball and serve as examples of good citizenship. 

Through our baseball and softball focused training, education, and character development programs, we will build a strong foundation for Academy participants, based on work ethic, leadership, responsibility, accountability and moral principles. This foundation will allow Academy participants to acquire that unwavering strength of purpose that is the keynote of all individual success.

The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy began as an idea, first originated in 2015 by Dayton Moore, the General Manager of the Kansas City Royals. With the help and support of key leaders in Kansas City, this idea became a reality and in April 2016 a groundbreaking ceremony was held to begin construction on the first of the project's two phases. The Academy will become the epicenter for youth baseball and softball throughout the Midwest, beginning with the local community and its location on the 18th & Vine Campus.

The Academy focuses on youth ages 6-18 to ensure that all age groups have an opportunity to participate. Alongside the basic areas of baseball and softball training including player development, athletic training, scouting, baseball analytics, strength and conditioning, etc. there will be ongoing career development programs within these same areas. All of these fundamentals will be taught daily at the Academy through clinics, workouts, games, educational and after-school programs. Our focus is on helping kids make healthy lifestyle, attitude and behavioral choices to develop and enhance the athlete, and ultimately the person.

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