CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball and USA Baseball Sports Properties within LEARFIELD today announced an agreement with Morgan Stanley to become a developmental partner of the organization, focusing on the National Team Development Program (NTDP). Through this relationship, Morgan Stanley becomes an important USA Baseball financial education and developmental partner, where the leading financial services firm will develop a tailored financial literacy program for the 16U/17U NTDP athletes and lead an in-person seminar for the program during the annual week-long event later this month.
Additionally, Morgan Stanley and USA Baseball will collaborate to produce and promote other financial education-related content to be shared via USA Baseball’s official social media channels.
"USA Baseball is excited to partner with Morgan Stanley to heighten the experience of our National Team Development Program,” said USA Baseball Chief Operating Officer David Perkins. “USA Baseball prides itself on its commitment to developing young athletes on and off the field. Introducing financial literacy to athletes who may find themselves in professional baseball in the immediate future is arguably one of the most essential skills they will leave with after this unique development experience.”
“We are proud to join forces with USA Baseball and LEARFIELD to help create an engaging, educational, and overall exceptional experience for some of the nation’s best athletes and coaches,” said Sandra L. Richards, Head of Morgan Stanley’s Global Sports & Entertainment (GSE) division. “USA Baseball is a proven leader in the realm of amateur player development, coaching, and instruction. As important, is the off-field education and development of these young men to prepare them for their future collegiate and professional baseball careers and beyond – and leading with financial education is a critical component of that holistic effort.”
“Every year we aim to provide impactful educational seminars for our National Team Development Program athletes to expand the development offerings past just on-field growth,” said Brett Curll, USA Baseball Director of Baseball Operations. “Exposing young athletes to financial education is paramount to their personal growth as they prepare to navigate personal endorsements and partnerships in professional sports.”
The NTDP offers athletes the opportunity to connect with USA Baseball coaches, task force, and national team staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. Participants will partake in skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, and a series of intrasquad Stars versus Stripes games to assist in developing the athletes as both a player and a person. The 2022 event will be held from July 25-29 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
Morgan Stanley GSE is a division of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management dedicated to serving the unique and sophisticated needs of elite and professional athletes, entertainers, executives, creators, and other top professionals in the business of sports and entertainment. The division consists of over 200 Financial Advisors with the Global Sports & Entertainment Director/Associate Director designation, several of whom are former professional and collegiate athletes (including baseball players), who once embarked on a similar journey to that of today’s elite prospects. For more information, please visit http://morganstanley.com/gse.
USA Baseball Sports Properties within LEARFIELD is dedicated to representing USA Baseball by developing and managing sponsor relationships with brands looking to align with USA Baseball and its events and programming.