Keronn was born, raised and still resides on the south side of Chicago. He graduated from De La Salle Institute in 1996 and was an All-American Football player and and a major league prospect as a high schooler.
He chose to attend Bluefield College in West Virginia and pursue his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. This dream became a reality in 1999 when he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals after his junior year of college.
Keronn went on to play 6 years of professional baseball as a switch-hitting catcher.
After his playing career he decided to do some- thing about the decline of inner-city participation in the sport of baseball.
B.I.G. Baseball Academy was founded with not just the intent of keeping baseball alive in the city of Chicago, but more importantly, to teach life lessons that carry over into adolescent’s everyday lives.
Keronn took a job coaching varsity baseball at The University of Chicago Laboratory School in 2007. With several members of that community, Keronn formed an advisory board of directors who helped raise $100,000 in private funding to open up Chicago’s first indoor baseball facility on Chicago’s south side.
The opening of the academy was featured on NBC Chicago Channel 5, Fox TV Channel 32, ABC Chicago Channel 7 and The Chicago Sun-Times. World Series Champion from The Houston Astros and Chicago area native Lucas Gregerson, Former MLB All-Stars and Chicago natives Curtis Granderson and Jason Kipnis, and former Chicago White Sox Gordon Beckham have visited the academy and spoke with the kids.
Over 3,000 young athletes, both boys and girls have participated in the academy since it’s incorporation. The academy has held clinics and camps year round and hosted a high school and collegiate summer wood bat league. Over 500 players from the academy are participating in baseball at the high school and collegiate level. 10 players were fortunate enough to sign professional baseball contracts.
More importantly, all of the young men and women from the academy are better citizens and have learned skills on the field that have carried over in how they live their life off of the field.
The academy recently moved into a bigger, 10,000 square foot facility that will accommodate more players and local teams. Keronn has been rewarded for his work by receiving the President’s Award from The Pitch and Hit Club, serving as a youth instructor for Major League Baseball’s Breakthrough Series Camps and he was recently hired as an area scout for The World Champion Chicago Cubs.
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B.I.G. BASEBALL ACADEMY IS A NON-PROFIT
501 (C)(3) TAX EXEMPT ORGANIZATION FOUNDED
IN 2006 BY KERONN WALKER.
Keronn took a job coaching varsity baseball at
The University of Chicago Laboratory School in
2007. With several members of that community,
Keronn formed an advisory board of directors
who helped raise $100,000 in private funding
to open up Chicago’s first indoor baseball facility
on Chicago’s south side.