Arizona’s International Baseball Consortium, LLC/ Tucson CHAMPS Academy 501(c)3 are collaborative organizations formed to unite Tucson’s exceptional weather, facilities, and nationally well-known depth of baseball talent in order to provide economic, sport, cross border, and community/youth benefit. Programs are centered around education, life skills and a pathway to higher education through the sport of baseball.
Founders of AIBC are two former Major League and Mexican Pacific League players; Eddie Leon and George Arias. Leon played with the Hermosillo Naranjeros and Arias with Mexicalli. “We are proud to present, in collaboration with Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta, the Vamos a Tucson ‘Melo Almada’ Youth Baseball Fiesta October 2-5, 2014,” says, Leon.
Leon further states, “In 1933, Melo Almada was the first Mexican National to break into the Major Leagues, recruited by the Boston Red Sox. It is our intention to honor his accomplishments and create a vehicle to ensure his legacy is remembered and honored, especially by our youth.”
Twenty four (24) teams will compete in three age divisions (12u, 16u, and 18u) over the course of the weekend, culminating in a championship game, played at Kino Stadium on October 5, preceding the professional championship game. All Youth tournament games will be played at Cherry Field, 425 S Cherry Ave, Tucson, AZ . Game schedules and other events surrounding the tournament will be forthcoming. Visit the website at www.azinternationalbaseball.com and contact AIBC for additional information of sponsorship opportunities.
Coming in October, Eddie Leon, Sports Contributor for Arizona Bilingual Newspaper