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Buck O'Neil Walk and Run to benefit Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

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This is the 26th year of commemorating an important part of America’s pastime at the Negro Leagues museum. (KCTV5) This is the 26th year of commemorating an important part of America’s pastime at the Negro Leagues museum. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

With the help of Major League Baseball, the sport is in the midst of a revival in the Kansas City area -- especially among the younger generations.

This weekend, the excitement of baseball's future in the metro will converge with the riches of baseball's past.

The streets of the Jazz District will come to life for this weekend's Buck O'Neil Walk and Run. Proceeds benefit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and will go toward patching up some of the museum’s wear and tear and expanding on its rich history.

But, this run is about more than that. It's about preserving a history and promoting a new culture of youth baseball.

This is the 26th year of commemorating an important part of America’s pastime at the Negro Leagues museum.

“Folks will see a greater emphasis on the women who played in the Negro Leagues or associated with Negro Leagues Baseball, as well as some other themes,” said NLBM Vice President Raymond Doswell.

Doswell keeps an eye to the future as well. He’s excited about the efforts of Major League Baseball to build an Urban Youth Academy in the heart of America, and in turn, expects a greater interest in baseball locally.

“It’s been a wonderful program by Major League Baseball,” Doswell said. “They’ve opened it in a number of cities, and we’re probably going to have one of the best ones in the country.”

This weekend’s run offers a nod to that youth baseball movement and a fitting tribute to Buck O’Neil himself, one of the greatest baseball players in history who was physically fit well into his 90s.

“We can only hope to be as energetic and magnetic as he was with people and with his time,” Doswell said.

The race starts 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. You can register any time, up until 30 minutes before the race begins. To learn more, click here.

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