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About Amateur City Elite

In 2007, the White Sox created the Amateur City Elite (ACE) program designed to provide resources and hope to more than 100 inner city youth each year, kids who might not otherwise be able to keep up with the travel team culture that has permeated today's youth baseball.

ACE's purpose is to support players in Chicago who lack the financial means or family support to otherwise receive quality baseball instruction. Today, the sport has become focused on travel teams and college recruiters and scouts visiting suburban weekend tournaments.

These are hurdles inner-city kids struggle to overcome, since they often cannot afford to participate in such expensive activities.

ACE operates with three clear goals:

  • Identify and develop high-caliber, inner-city baseball talent that otherwise might not be able to play at the collegiate and professional levels without proper structure, support and exposure
  • Reverse and correct the trend of reduced participation by African-Americans in baseball
  • Prepare participants to succeed in life far beyond baseball

What Makes ACE Unique

The program engages Chicago area youth by using baseball as a learning tool. By working with these young men from some of Chicago's most depressed communities and teaching them about hard work, cooperation and dedication, the ACE program helps provide Chicago youth with opportunities to continue their education and pursue collegiate and professional baseball careers.

More importantly, ACE focuses on developing players to succeed off the field. Participants receive academic direction and support to prepare them for success beyond baseball and learn the core values of personal responsibility and accountability.

ACE best comes to life through the faces and stories of its participants.

Consider individuals such as Ronell Coleman and Corey Ray, two former ACE participants who not only earned Division I scholarships, but who also played against one another in the 2014 College World Series for Vanderbilt University and the University of Louisville, respectively. During the summer of 2014, Coleman became the ACE program's first college National Champion. Both often talk about how the program has impacted their baseball prospects, but more importantly and more often, they speak about how ACE has helped their life prospects.

Also think about players such as James Davison, who because of the gang problems in his neighborhood didn't leave his home for anything other than baseball or school. ACE provided him with the freedom to be outside in a safe environment and an opportunity for which he earned the distinction of being drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 39th round of the 2014 amateur draft. Davison chose to attend Howard College in Texas.

It is also important to recognize that the efforts of the ACE program have helped reignite interest in baseball among Chicago's African-American community. Six members of the Jackie Robinson West Little League World Series team that won the U.S. Championship -- Cameron Bufford, Brandon Green, Tre Hondras, Josh Houston, Ed Howard and Marquis Jackson -- also participate on the ACE program's U12 team. The entire Sox organization supported these players and their families in many ways, including sponsoring Watch Parties and the parade organized by the City of Chicago to celebrate their national celebrated success.

The fact is, for many Chicago kids, there isn't much to keep the pulse of violence out of their lives, but for some, baseball and the White Sox ACE program can serve not only as a relief from that horrific reality but also help them succeed in life.

White Sox Field at Kroc Center

The Ray and Joan Kroc Center White Sox Field is home to the White Sox ACE program players. Its professional field turf allows easy and enjoyable playability. The field is a replica of U.S. Cellular Field and measures 300 feet down the foul lines, 345 feet to right- and left-center field and 400 feet to center field.

ACE Player of the Month

Each month, an ACE "Player of the Month" award is given to athletes who thrive both on the field, in the community and in the classroom.

Players who receive this special recognition are given tickets to a White Sox game and are honored on-field during a special pre-game ceremony.

April

  • 12U Marquis Jackson
  • 13U Randy Johnson
  • 14U Anthony Herron

May

  • 12U Brandon Green
  • 13U Kendall Pettis
  • 14U Jordon Rogers

June

  • 13U Maury Garrett
  • 14U Kyle Salley
  • 15U Ben Collazo
  • 16U Tyler Gordon
  • 17U Raphe Gross

July

  • 15U Ryan Green
  • 16U Josh Shaw
  • 17U Jalin McMillian

ACE Alumni

2015 Class

Jalin McMillan - Simeon, Illinois
Jamary McKinney - Simeon, Chicago State
Torriun Towers - Harlan, Claflin
Jackson Edwards - Hope, Judson University
Nelson Munoz - Mt. Carmel, Grambling State
Lavezz Middleton - Marion Catholic, Bucknell University

2014 Class

Lavar Reed - Morgan Park, Hill Junior College
Diontrell Earls - Simeon, Purdue North Central
Chris Bland - Harlan, Purdue North Central
Adam Kelly - Kenwood, Illinois Central
James Davison - Morgan Park, Howard College
David Calderon - Lincoln Way North, Morehead State
Darius Day - Simeon, Arizona
Angel Figueroa - Bishop Knoll, Blackhawk
Kevin Jones - Portage, Northern Illinois
Anthony Justiniano - Clemente, Wabash Valley
Jamal Martin - Morgan Park, Hill Junior College
Justin Freeman - Rich Central, Southern University
Colton Lopez - Brooks, Beloit College

 

2013 Class

Nolan Bullock - Rich, Central Oakton
Darien Clifton - Simeon, Illinois Central
Christopher Cockle - Crete, Dominican in NY
Matt Cole - Rich Central, Madison Tech
Ronelle Coleman - Simeon, Vanderbilt
Elbert Dunnigan - Simeon, Rust
Robert Fletcher - Simeon, Alcorn
Julian Guerrero - Andrean, Prarie State
Jerry Houston - Mt. Carmel, Oregon
Sanford Hunt - Kenwood, Chicago State
Tyler Johnson - Harlan, Texas Southern
Michael Kendrick - Brother, Kankakee
Jalen Purchase - Rich Central, Claflin
Corey Ray - Simeon, Louisville
Sharold Roach - Simeon, McKendree (football)
Ar Smith - Marion Catholic, Butler (Soccer)
Marcellus Sneed - Morgan Park. Madison Tech
Terrell Stewart - Harlan, Chicago State
Marshawn Taylor - Simeon, Eastern Illinois
Richard Velez - Reavis, Rock Valley

2012 Class

Anthony Beale - Walther Lutheran, North Arkansas
Shane Brown - Simeon, Alcorn
Jabari Brown - De La Salle, Claflin
Ryan Calvin - Rich Central, Ohio State
Shaquille Cockrell - Walther Lutheran, Alcorn State
Brandon Fowler - Rich Central, Aurura
Joshua Galvan - Walther Lutheran, Kaskaskia
Blake Hickman - Simeon, University of Iowa
Devin Pickett - Simeon, University of Iowa
Jeremy Scott - Jones, Jackson State
Jordan Smith - Rich Central, St. Louis Merrimac
Chris Stevens - Walther Lutheran, Kaskaskia
DeJohn Suber - Morgan Park, St. Louis Merrimac

 

2011 Class

Corey Brown - Harlan, Kentucky State
Quincy Collins - Simeon, Kentucky State
Nick Collins - Rich Central, Purdue North Central
Nick Everett - Kenwood, Kentucky State
Brandon Holmes - Kenwood, Kentucky State
Kyle Johnson - Harlan, Marshaltown
Canance King - Harlan, Kentucky State
Terrell Kitching - Simeon, Triton
Dan Lodolce - Walther Lutheran, Concordia
Jalen Parks - Kenwood, Kentucky State
Quintin Richardson - Simeon, Purdue North Central
Jl Roberts - Harlan, Marshaltown
Dontrell Rush - Harlan, Logan
Jason Scott - Jones, Florida A&M
Benjamin Tabb - Kenwood, Kentucky State

 

2010 Class

Charles Aldridge - Simeon, Grambling State
Jamell Blue - Harlan, Texas Southern
Michael Duck - Virginia State
William Feliciano - College of San Mateo
Ronzelle Fort - Harlan, Texas Southern
Kyle Huber - Lane Tech, Concordia
Kendall Radcliffe - Morgan Park, Heartland
Dimitrius Roach - Virginia State

 

2009 Class

Jonathan Clark - Harlan, Frank Phillips
John Dorsey - Simeon, Alcorn State
Kevin Finney - Frank Phillips
Christian Hickman - Simeon, Southern University/Alcorn State
Anthony Jefferson - Olive-Harvey
Ronquis Jefferson - Harlan, Alabama A&M
Nicholas Johnson - Simeon, Alabama A&M
Issac Lewis - Kenwood, Oakton

 

2008 Class

Steve Ester - Alcorn State
Steve Florence - Simeon, Alcorn State/McDonnel Truett
Adrian Perez - Clemente, Olivet Nazarene
Kendall Shaw - Kentucky State
Michael Smith - North Arkansas State
Eric Tabb - Grambling State
Dahveed Todd - St. Augustine
Troy White - Whitney Young, Northern Illinois
Ryan Williams - North Arkansas State
Troy Williams - Alcorn State

 

ACE Features

Videos

Play for ACE

When: July 30 and 31
Where: Gouwens Park in South Holland, IL (directly behind Seton Academy)
Time: Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Tryouts Info

The tryout consists of a pro style workout that includes the following:

  • 60-yard dash
  • Defensive throwing and fielding from right field and shortstop
  • Batting practice with a maximum of 10 swings
  • Throwing 15-20 pitches from a mound
  • There is no fee to try out for the ACE program
  • Registration will be done 1 hour prior to start of camp.
  • Bring gear that you would practice or play a game in (hat, cleats, glove, baseball pants, etc.). Balls are provided at the workout. Catchers must use their own catching gear.

IMPORTANT: Each player must sign a liability waiver to participate. At least one parent or guardian of player must sign this form if player is under the age of 18, in order for player to participate in the tryout.

Contact Us

Kevin Coe
Director of Youth Baseball Initiatives
312-674-5369
kcoe@chisox.com