George Grande speaks at the annual Rod Dedeaux Foundation Award Dinner (USA Baseball)

Durham, N.C. - USA Baseball and the Rod Dedeaux Foundation announced a ten-year partnership extension on Monday. The agreement provides the Rod Dedeaux Foundation the rights to market and sell sponsorships surrounding the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and the USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Award.

USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the nation with the Golden Spikes Award since 1978 and has partnered with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation since 2013 to host the annual award ceremony at its Rod Dedeaux Foundation Award Dinner. The award dinner is a yearly celebration of baseball excellence, which has become synonymous with the Dedeaux name. In addition to honoring the top amateur player and coach in the country, the dinner also features an all-star class of former baseball greats.

"It is truly an honor to continue our partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation and we are proud to continue presenting the Golden Spikes Award to athletes who best exemplify the characteristics of Rod Dedeaux, with exceptional on-field ability and outstanding sportsmanship," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO at USA Baseball. "Rod's legacy in the collegiate baseball landscape and around the world is remarkable. Watching him firsthand at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games stand next to his longtime friend and Team USA Manager Tommy Lasorda, as we celebrated our gold medal victory, was inspiring, and yet just a small piece of the astounding baseball tradition he shaped."

The partnership between USA Baseball and the Rod Dedeaux Foundation honors the legendary University of Southern California and U.S. Olympic Manager Rod Dedeaux. Dedeaux led the Trojans to 11 national championships, was instrumental in the creation of the annual USA versus Japan international friendship series in 1972 and coached Team USA to the silver medal in the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games. He was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.

"It is a privilege to partner with USA Baseball, the national governing body for amateur baseball in the United States, with whom our namesake, Rod Dedeaux, held in the highest regard," said Brett Dedeaux, Executive Director of the Rod Dedeaux Foundation. "Our expanded partnership will serve to further enhance the visibility and prestige of the premier award in amateur baseball, the Golden Spikes Award, while serving as a platform to raise funds for inner-city youth baseball and softball."

Marketing and sponsorship sales will benefit the Rod Dedeaux Foundation and its mission to support youth baseball and softball programs in underprivileged areas by renovating urban playing fields and providing a supportive environment designed to build character and academic achievement among the nation's youth.

The 2017 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award will be presented on Thursday, June 29, on ESPN's flagship program, SportsCenter. The finalists and their families will be honored at the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Award Dinner at Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles immediately following the presentation.

The 2016 USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year George Horton (Oregon) will be honored at its annual award dinner. Horton led the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team to its first-ever series victory in Cuba after claiming a 2-1 victory over the Cuban National Team in the rubber game on July 27. Former U.S. Collegiate National Team assistant coach Augie Garrido will also be honored at the dinner, where he will be presented the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mercer University's Kyle Lewis took home the Golden Spikes Award in 2016, joining a star-studded group of former winners including Kris Bryant (2013), Bryce Harper (2010), Buster Posey (2008), David Price (2007) and Terry Francona (1980), as well as other current and former major league stars.

For more information on the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, visit DedeauxFoundation.org. For up-to-the minute news about the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, visit GoldenSpikesAward.com and follow @USAGoldenSpikes on Instagram and Twitter.