- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Royals are teaming with Kansas City officials, Major League Baseball and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum on a youth academy that will include an indoor training facility and outdoor fields.

The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy will be built on a 21-acre park near the museum, with the first phase expected to be completed by next fall.

The academy will partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City to help grow the game of baseball in the inner city. A portion of the funds for the project will be supplied by a new MLB-MLBPA joint youth development initiative announced in July.

The first phase includes two full-size fields, youth fields and a walking trail. The second phase features an indoor training facility and batting cages.

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