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PRESS RELEASE 06.06.2022 (For immediate release)
Dr. James Meredith to be honored by Hank Aaron Sports Academy
The legendary civil rights icon and the first African-American to attend the University of Mississippi will be recognized on June 11th at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame by the Hank Aaron Sports Academy (“HASA”).
As part of the inaugural “Fantastic 44” and going forward annually, Mr. James Meredith will be honored with the “Meredith Baseball Scholarship Fund”, which will award a student or students with a monetary contribution to assist with their education as well as to help cover costs associated with attending college. This fund will begin with $4,400 each year in honor of Henry “Hank” Aaron’s jersey number “44” and will grow annually based on donors, other corporate contributions, and the success at the HASA.
“We are honored to not only have the association with Mr. Meredith here at the HASA but all the more so to now make sure that the path he traveled and the doors he opened for African-Americans to have further opportunities in education will always be remembered and advanced. While we encourage young men and women in their participation in all sports at the HASA, never should they forget the most important things in life such as health, family, and certainly education”
– Tim Bennett, Co-Owner Milwaukee Brewers (AA) Biloxi Shuckers / HASA CEO
“I am honored to be recognized as a supporter of Mr. Bennett and his efforts to help the children of Mississippi. Mr. Aaron was an international inspiration and continues to be so here in my home state, doing what we both see as one of the most important tasks in the life of creating positive examples and pathways for the future for all children from all backgrounds.”
– Dr. James Meredith
One Hundred Percent of all monies in the Meredith Baseball Scholarship Fund will be awarded to the selected student or students on September 1st each year.
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