Phenix City, Ala. players and Columbus High School coach announced to the 2005
Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic team
COLUMBUS, Ga., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac announced today in a press
conference held at its Employee Appreciation Week rally that teammates Kasey
Kiker, a LHP from Russell County High School in Seale, Ala. and Cory Rasmus, a
RHP/3B, have been the first players named to the 2005 Aflac All-American High
School Baseball Classic roster. The event was also the first official stop of
the 2005 Aflac National Selection Tour. The third annual Aflac Classic will
showcase the country's top rising high school seniors in an East versus West
match-up at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md., on Aug. 13, 2005.
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Now in its second year, the Aflac National Selection Tour is a multi-city
tour that travels to the hometowns of the Aflac All-Americans to announce
their selection to the team. At each tour stop an Aflac representative will
present the player with an official game jersey and commemorative bat. Last
year's tour included events at six Major League and four minor league
"Cory and Kasey combine to give Russell County High School perhaps the
most talented duo of prospects in the country," said Jerry Ford, Perfect Game
USA president, referencing the high school team's present ranking at number
one by Baseball America.
Aflac also announced Bobby Howard of Columbus High School as the coach of
the Aflac All-American East team. As head coach of the Blue Devil baseball
team for the past 21 seasons, Howard has received many honors throughout his
career including induction into the Georgia Dugout Club Sports Hall of Fame
and the 2004 USA Today Coach of the Year award.
"Coach Howard represents what a high school coach should be," said Chris
Lawlor of USA Today. "He lives baseball 24-7, and most importantly, respects
Last season, Howard coached Columbus High to a 35-2 record and the Georgia
Class AAAA state championship. That team finished at number two in the nation
and also included 2004 Aflac All-American Iain Sebastian.
As a part of Aflac's ongoing commitment to the fight against childhood
cancer, all game proceeds from the 2005 Aflac All-American High School
Baseball Classic will benefit the Division of Pediatric Oncology at the Johns
Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore.
"For the past three years, the Aflac All-American Baseball Classic has
successfully combined sporting excitement with our core philanthropic focus,"
said Al Johnson, 2nd Vice President, Advertising and Branding at Aflac. "We
look forward to continuing to support the fight against pediatric cancer while
showcasing America's most talented high school baseball players."
The Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic is endorsed by many of
the game's pillars, including Major League Baseball. Baseball legend Cal
Ripken Jr. will serve as the game's honorary chairman for the second
"The Aflac Classic is quickly becoming the premier high school all-star
baseball game in the country and we are very proud to be hosting it again at
Ripken Stadium," said Cal Ripken Jr. "The event is a real celebration of
baseball and provides a great experience to the top high school players in the
nation. Aflac has been a wonderful partner for the game and they continue to
give back by contributing proceeds to pediatric oncology research."
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 http://www.aflacallamerican.com .
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