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#GoingToBat: Weeks brothers use baseball to help prepare Florida youth for bright futures

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Rickie Weeks is enjoying his fourteenth season in the majors in 2017, his first with the Tampa Bay Rays.

A key cog in the Milwaukee Brewers organization for over a decade, the Altamonte Springs, FL native is making just as much of an impact off the field as he has on it. His baseball roots run deep, as his grandfather, Victor Weeks, was an outfielder in the Negro Leagues during the 1940s.

Rickie, along with his brother and fellow major leaguer, Jemile, help their father Richard, who owns the Orlando Monarchs, a baseball team in the Florida Collegiate Summer League.   According to the team’s Facebook page, the Monarchs Academy of Baseball provides a “valuable opportunity for kids from 8 to 19 years old to develop their baseball skills and baseball leadership.”

The organization has the help of hundreds of children, parents, volunteers and sponsors as they team up to give kids an opportunity to develop various teamwork skills and life skills in their pursuit of a college education.

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Every year, the Monarchs and the Weeks family host a Holiday Baseball Camp for kids.

You can learn more about the Orlando Monarchs here.

You can follow the Weeks brothers and their charitable efforts on Twitter and Instagram.

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