SunTrust Park to host youth baseball Hank Aaron Invitational

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

MLB, in a joint initiative with the players union and USA Baseball, will host a youth baseball showcase at SunTrust Park during Hank Aaron Week in August.

The amateur development camp — started in 2015 — aims to get high school-age players, with diverse backgrounds, to the next levels of the sport.

Approximately 250 boys, ages 13-18, will receive elite-level training from former Major League players and coaches for two weeks at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla. Previous instructors have included former Brave Marquis Grissom and Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Jr. and Dave Winfield.

The top 44 players from the Hank Aaron Invitational will be invited to play in a special showcase game at the SunTrust Park, as part of an extensive "Hank Aaron Week" hosted by the Braves.

• Hank Aaron Invitational, ages 13-15 (July 21-26) - At Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla.
• Hank Aaron Invitational, ages 16-18 (July 27-Aug. 2) - At Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla.
• Hank Aaron Invitational 44 (Aug. 3-4) - At SunTrust Park in Atlanta

Hank Aaron Week will include a variety of diversity- and culture-focused initiatives focusing on business networking, nostalgic history connected to Aaron's legacy, philanthropy, education and social justice.

The Braves host the Cincinnati Reds Thursday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 4.