Solomon to receive Horizon Award

By Lisa Winston
Updated: June 24, 2009

NEW YORK — Jimmie Lee Solomon, Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations, will be honored Thursday night in Washington D.C.

with a 2009 Horizon Award from the Congressional Award Foundation.

The award gives special recognition from the Joint Leadership Commission of the foundation to individuals from the private sector who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions, while setting exceptional examples for young people through their own successes in life.

Among the many programs and projects that bear Solomon’s stamp within Major League baseball are the MLB Urban Youth Academy, the Urban Invitational tournament, and the annual Civil Rights Game.

Solomon has been actively involved with the development of the current Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., which opened in 2006, as well as the development of new Academies to be launched within the next year or so in Houston, Texas, and Hialeah, Fla.

He was one of the creators of the Urban Invitational tournament which spotlights the baseball programs of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to help provide those schools national exposure.

In his role with MLB, Solomon has overseen the launches of programs such as the Civil Rights Game in 2007, the most recent of which was played last weekend in Cincinnati, the XM All-Star Futures Game and MLB’s Umpire Camps.

“We are very proud that Jimmie Lee’s career has been recognized with this award,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “His leadership has helped Major League Baseball make great strides in bringing baseball to underserved youth across the country.”

Solomon will be in Washington D.C., to receive his award, and will be honored alongside actor Nick Cannon, at the Gold Medal Ceremony in the Cannon Caucus Room.

That evening he will speak in front of members of Congress, journalists, celebrities and 267 youth recipients of the Congressional Award Gold Medal at the Recognition Dinner held in the Ronald Reagan Building & International Center.