Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith to Serve as Honorary Chairman
COLUMBUS, Ga., MAY 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirty-eight (38) of the nation's
top high school baseball players will participate in the fifth annual Aflac
All-American High School Baseball Classic, which returns to San Diego for the
second consecutive year. Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, who began his 19-year
career with the Padres and was a 15-time All Star and 13-time Gold Glove award
winner, will be this year's honorary chairman. The 2007 Aflac All-American
Baseball Classic will be played at San Diego State's Tony Gwynn Stadium on
Saturday, Aug. 11, airing live on FSN at 3 p.m. ET.
"I'm thrilled to join Aflac in honoring the stars of tomorrow - the very
best high school players across the country - in San Diego, my first major
league home," Smith said. "I wish a game like this existed back when I was in
high school, and I can only imagine how special it will be for these young men
to get such national recognition and exposure."
As honorary chairman, Smith will promote the game, make appearances, film
a public service announcement and be on-site in San Diego for game week
activities, including serving as keynote speaker at the Awards Dinner on
Thursday, Aug. 9, and throwing out the first pitch at the game on Aug. 11.
Former chairpersons include Reggie Jackson (2006), Cal Ripken (2004-05) and
Stan Musial (2003).
The Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic showcases the nation's
top high school players in an East versus West match-up. Aflac All-Americans
are chosen by official selection partners Baseball America magazine and prep
scouting service Perfect Game USA. All participants must have just completed
their junior year of high school, be in good academic standing and display
redeeming qualities off the field that embody the ideals of the sport of
baseball, including discipline, determination and hard work.
Since the game's inception in 2003, 29 Aflac All-American alumni have been
selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball first-year player
draft, including No. 1 overall selections Matt Bush (2004, San Diego) and
Justin Upton (2005, Arizona).
"Now going into our fifth year, the Aflac All-American High School
Baseball Classic, and the immensely talented players who participate in it,
continues to illustrate why our game is the nation's premiere high school
baseball event," said Jeff Herbert, Aflac's chief marketing officer. "San
Diego warmly embraced our players and their families last year. We are
extremely pleased to bring the game back to the San Diego community for
As part of Aflac's ongoing commitment to the fight against childhood
cancer, all game proceeds from the 2007 Aflac All-American High School
Baseball Classic will benefit San Diego's Children's Hospital and Health
Center. Since 2003, the game has generated nearly $355,000 for charity.
Today kicks off the 2007 Selection Tour, a multi-city tour that travels to
major league ballparks to announce the players' official selection to the
team. Today, at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, Smith helped honor
southern California standouts Isaac Galloway (Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga),
Aaron Hicks (Wilson HS, Long Beach), Clark Murphy (Fallbrook Union HS,
Fallbrook) and Ryan O'Sullivan (Valhalla HS, El Cajon), the first four players
selected to this year's game. Over the next two months the Selection Tour
will make stops in over a dozen cities nationwide.
The Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic is endorsed by Major
League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association as the
country's marquee prep All-American event.
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About Sports America
Sports America, Inc., is a sports marketing and event management firm
based in Rockville, Md., which created and currently produces the Aflac
Classic. Sports America also produces the McDonald's All-American High School