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Amateur City Elite

The White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) program aims to pull Chicago youth away from inner-city dangers and provide them with the skills and opportunities to succeed both on the field and in life.

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About ACE

In 2007, the White Sox created the Amateur City Elite (ACE) program was designed to provide resources and hope to more than 100 inner city youths each year who otherwise would not be able to keep up with the travel team culture that has permeated today's youth baseball. ACE provides inner-city kids with educational opportunities and avenues to further pursue a career in collegiate or professional sports.

Servicing teams 12 through 17 years old, ACE helps inner-city kids overcome the hurdles that previously challenged them-financial constraints and educational opportunities. ACE helps address these challenges to give inner-city kids and their families an equal playing field. ACE focuses on athletics, academics and mentoring, but it also helps develop well-rounded community members who learn life skills such as service to others, time management, prioritization and dedication that will last throughout their lifetimes.

The program's three clear goals include:

1. Identifying and developing high-caliber inner-city baseball talent who otherwise might not be able to play at the collegiate and professional levels without proper structure, support and exposure
2. Reversing and correcting the trend of reduced participation by African-Americans in baseball
3. Preparing participants to succeed in life far beyond baseball through educational support

By the Numbers:

  • Nearly 170 ACE players have received college scholarships
  • More than 70 ACE players receiving NCAA Division I scholarships
  • 21 ACE alumni drafted by major league teams
  • ACE alumni Corey Ray was drafted 5th overall in the 2016 MLB first-year amateur player draft (Highest in program history)

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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.

The April 2018 honorees are:

  • 12u: Randall Nauden - Randall has been outstanding both on and off the field - hitting an impressive .600avg, with 18 hits (30Abs), 17 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. More importantly, Randall is a great leader to his teammates and is excelling in school with straight A's.
  • 13u: Bryce Nevils - Bryce is the team's catcher, leader and is always looking for ways to spark the team and gain the competitive edge. He has incredible toughness, heart and is very baseball savvy. Off the field, Bryce is a standout student, earning high honor roll honors.
  • 14u: Shai Robinson - Shai has been the teams hottest hitter in April to go along with some great defense and strong outings on the mound. He has shown great improvements in his game due to his extra work this offseason. No task is too big and he welcomes the challenges. Shai is dedicated to his studies and puts the same hard work into the classroom.

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Play for ACE

Tryouts for 12u to 14u (based on the 2019 season) will be Wednesday, July 25 at White Sox Field @ Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center, located at 11700 S Aberdeen St, Chicago, IL 60643. Registration begins at 4:00 p.m.

Tryouts for high school graduation classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 will be Sunday, July 29 at White Sox Field @ Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center, located at 11700 S Aberdeen St, Chicago, IL 60643. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Tryouts will be a pro-style workout, including 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 the player must sign this form if the player is under the age of 18, in order for the player to participate in the tryout.

View Tryout Flyer

Contact Us

Anthony Olivo
Manager of Youth Baseball Initiatives
312-674-5369
aolivo@chisox.com

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ACE Alumni

2017 Class

Samson Barboza - Solorio, Olivet Nazarene University
Robert Bluntson - Morgan Park, Paine College
Jeremiah Canada - Walther Lutheran, Westmont College
Christian Carr - Simeon, Harper College
De'Shawnte Carraway - Thornton Township, Harper College
Joshua Coe - Homewood Flossmoor, Wisconsin Lutheran College
Julian Everett - Lincoln-Way East, Lewis University
Maurey Garrett - Homewood Flossmoor, Heartland Community College
Jaylen Heard - Marian Catholic, Heartland Community College
Jamarion Loston - Morgan Park, Indian Hills Community College
Jeffery Massey - Gwendolyn Brooks, University of Minnesota
Diego Munoz - Mount Carmel, Western Illinois University
Myles Norman - Morgan Park, Indian Hills Community College
Daniel Rodriguez - Oswego East, Harper College
Jordon Rodgers - Simeon, University of Michigan
Tylon Ross - Homewood Flossmoor, Purdue University
Kyle Salley - Homewood Flossmoor, Duke University
Brandon Simon - Gwendolyn Brooks, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Alek Thomas - Mount Carmel, Texas Christian University
Mark Williams Jr. - Mount Carmel, Lindenwood University (IL)

2016 Class

Reggie Brock - Simeon, Chicago State University
Christian Bullock - Morgan Park, University of Michigan
Reis Calvin - Rich Central, Wiley College
Jalen Cole - Simeon, Harris Stowe University
Ben Collazo - Lake View, Heartland Community College
De'jon Collins - Simeon, Hannibal LaGrange University
Justin Diaz - Lake View, Illinois State University
Lorenzo Elion - Simeon, University of Iowa
Andrew Garcia - Lincoln-Way East, Prairie View A&M University
Tyler Gordon - Simeon, Prairie View A&M University
Bryce Gray - Homewood Flossmoor, University of Notre Dame
Rhyan Hayes - Kenwood, Lane College
Jared Hunt - Kenwood, Madison Technical College
Jeremy Houston - Mount Carmel, Indiana University
Tyler Laux - Lincoln-Way North, Prairie View A&M University
Alfred "AJ" Lewis, Jr. - Mount Carmel, University of Missouri
Tony Martinez - Bloom, Wiley College
Gerald Powell - Kenwood Academy, University of Illinois-Springfield
Connor Rektorski - Neuqua Valley, Western Illinois University
Josh Shaw - Morgan Park, Kentucky State University
Angelo Smith - Richards, University of Michigan
Corey "CJ" Stallings - Rich Central, Tuskegee University
Austin Straley - DePaul College Prep, Kalamazoo College
Trevon Sutton - Harlan, Lincoln University
Tavaris Terrell - Simeon, Chicago State University
Tavion Towers - Harlan, Claflin University
Tommy Washington - Harlan, Northern Illinois University
Donivan Williams - Richards, Illinois State University

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

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White Sox Field at the Ray and Joan Kroc Center

Chicago White Sox Charities donated $1 million to The Salvation Army Chicago Metropolitan Division to help build the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Chicago's West Pullman neighborhood, one of the most under¬served communities in Chicago. Featuring baseball and softball diamonds, the Kroc Center serves as a beacon of light and hope to this com¬munity. It is also home to White Sox inner-city youth teams, including ACE, where we play and practice. Its professional field turf allows easy and enjoyable playability. The field is a replica of Guaranteed Rate Field and measures 300 feet down the foul lines, 345 feet to right- and left-center field and 400 feet to center field.

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