President's Cup all-star baseball game returns from one-year hiatus on June 5 at Camden Yards

The President’s Cup, a baseball all-star game pitting a team of players from Baltimore City public schools against one from area private schools, returns June 5 to Camden Yards after a year’s absence. City officials have scheduled a news conference for Thursday to announce details.

Begun in 2011, the President’s Cup brings together athletes from diverse cultural backgrounds to compete in a major league ballpark.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young, who organized the event. “There’s all this talk about the negative things our kids are doing. But this [game] brings together young people from public and private schools so they can form relationships and talk about things they have in common, like baseball.”

Last year’s game, which was scheduled for April, was canceled when state officials determined it violated Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association regulations. To avoid further conflicts, this year’s game will be played after the high school season.

Some alumni of the President’s Cup game have become friends “and still communicate with each other,” said Young, who attended Northern High. “I know that if I’d played in a game like this, and seen my picture on that scoreboard, I’d have been in baseball heaven.”

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