Our Story

The Jerry Manuel Foundation’s mission is to target urban youth, educating them with Charter School standards and training them in the fundamentals of baseball. This winning combination of “Clinical” and “Classroom” aims to direct youth back into all facets of America’s favorite pastime.

In 1975, 27% of MLB rosters were African American players. In 1995, the percentage dropped to 19%. Today, it is only around 8%. The JMF is committed to renewing the legacy in “a sport where they once were its marquee performers.” – USA Today, April 16, 2012

After spending 40 plus years in professional baseball as a player, coach, manager, an analyst and now a consultant and the leader in major league baseball’s diversity task force, Jerry has honed his skills at the highest level and is now pouring what he has learned into the next generation. With his commitment to build character in our youth, he continues to create a great legacy.


“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Fredrick Douglas