Miller, East manager Sheppard to be honored at Waterfront Park
COLUMBUS, Ga., July 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac has announced that RHP Quinton
Miller (Shawnee HS) of Medford, N.J., has been named to the 2007 Aflac All-
American High School Baseball Classic roster where he will compete in a game
benefiting pediatric cancer research and treatment. Miller, along with East
manager, Mike Sheppard, Jr. of Seaton Hall Prep of West Orange, N.J., will be
honored on field during a pre-game ceremony at Waterfront Park on July 4. Both
will be presented with official team jerseys.
The fifth annual Aflac Classic is a showcase of the country's top rising
high school seniors in an East versus West match-up. The game will be played
on Aug. 11 at San Diego State's Tony Gwynn Stadium. It will be broadcast live
on Fox Sports Net at 3 p.m. Eastern. As a 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 Rady
Since the game's inception in 2003, 42 Aflac All-American alumni have been
selected in the first round of the draft, including No. 1 overall selections
Matt Bush (2004, San Diego) and Justin Upton (2005, Arizona). In the recently
completed First Year Player Draft, 35 of the 38 players from the 2006 game
were drafted -- 13 in the first round, the most ever from the game.
The Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic is endorsed by many of
the game's pillars, including Major League Baseball. This year, Hall of Famer
Ozzie Smith will serve as the game's honorary chairman.
"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."
Since 1995, Aflac's support has helped make the Aflac Cancer Center and
Blood Disorders Service of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta one of the leading
childhood cancer hematology, and blood and marrow transplant programs in the
country. Aflac has raised nearly $35 million in donations to the Aflac Cancer
Today's announcement is the latest official stop of the 2007 Aflac
National Selection Tour. The selection tour is a multi-city tour that travels
to the hometowns of the Aflac All-Americans to announce their official
selection to the team. Coaches Curing Kids' Cancer, an organization dedicated
to pediatric cancer treatment and research is the official beneficiary for
each Aflac tour stop.
Baseball America and Perfect Game are the official selection partners for
the event and choose the players for their accomplishments both on, and off
the field, including their involvement in the community.
Sports America, Inc., is a sports marketing and event management firm
based out of Rockville, Md., which created and currently produces the Aflac
Classic. Sports America also produces the McDonald's All-American High School
Basketball Game and Jordan Classic High School All-Star Basketball Game.
To learn more about the Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic,
or dates and stops on the official selection tour, visit
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