Up2Us Sports is happy to announce that AJ Ramos, a pitcher for the Miami Marlins, has been named the organization's newest Ambassador. In his first season as an MLB closer in 2015, he pitched for 32 saves, which ranked him ninth in the National League. Originally from Lubbock, Texas, he played collegiately at Texas Tech University and was drafted in the 21st round of the 2009 MLB First Year Player Draft. Ramos will connect with youth in the Miami community and share his experiences as a professional baseball player, as well as serve as a voice to promote how powerful coaches can be in the lives of children. “Some of the best mentors of my youth were coaches,” said Marlins Pitcher AJ Ramos. “Serving as an Up2Us Sports Ambassador means supporting young athletes in Miami with well-trained coaches who can properly develop their life skills,” concluded Ramos.
“Up2Us Sports is a valued Charity Partner of the Miami Marlins,” said Alfredo Mesa, Vice President and Executive Director of the Marlins Foundation. "Coaches who apply the organization’s curriculum for youth development are stronger mentors for young athletes.”
Earlier this year, the Miami Marlins named Up2Us Sports as one of their 2015 Charity Partners. The Marlins have funded Up2Us Sports’ work in the Miami area and provided sports-based youth development (SBYD) training for all baseball coaches in MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. The addition of AJ as an Ambassador will further support the important work Up2Us Sports and the Marlins are doing in Miami Dade County.