Rube Foster was the founder of the Negro Leagues, which was established in 1920. While the world was experiencing the racial pandemonium and pandemic, I found joy in the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the Negro Leagues.
Today, I serve as the Chief Visionary Officer for L.E.A.D. Center For Youth and I am a community repairer.
Microsoft recently sent shockwaves through Atlanta when it was announced that they are pausing plans for the 90-acre Westside hub, leaving the land in the Grove Park community in limbo.
I was born and raised in Atlanta, and received my foundational education at Grove Park Elementary School. As a child, I wanted to grow up one day to be who I am, doing what I do today.
Among many, I intentionally convict people to invoke change that allows others to grow. And even though it doesn’t feel good, I position myself to be convicted by others so that I remain in transformation mode.
When we started LEAD in 2007, a good friend of my wife, Kelli, and I, gave me a book called “We Are the Ship” by Kadir Nelson. As fate would have it, I opened the book to the page of this powerful image of Willie Foster, who is the brother of Rube Foster. He was a left-handed pitcher in the Negro Leagues and was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.
This image is a reminder to me to be.
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C.J. Stewart has built a reputation as one of the leading professional hitting instructors in the country. He is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization and has also served as an associate scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, C.J. has more than 22 years of player development experience and has built an impressive list of clients, including some of the top young prospects in baseball today. If your desire is to change your game for the better, C.J. Stewart has a proven system of development and a track record of success that can work for you.