Paint splatter accent Academy Spotlight: Campus, Scholars, and Academics

Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, the signature program of Nationals Philanthropies, delivers holistic youth development programs year round including academic enrichment, physical activity, and health education – imparting a lasting impact on the lives of school-aged children living in Wards 7 and 8.

Join us as we celebrate 10 Days of #GivingTuesday beginning today and running through the annual day of giving on Tuesday, November 30. We will highlight stories of the Academy’s impact through features of its programs and people – beginning with our campus, Scholars, and academic program.

Your support during this time helps us raise critical funds to operate the Academy and sustain our youth development program. All donors of $100 or more will receive a navy winter hat featuring the Academy logo as a special thank you for your support.


Academy Campus

The Academy operates out of a state-of-the-art, nine-acre education and recreation campus constructed in the Fort Dupont Park neighborhood in Ward 7. Opened in March 2014, the campus features an 18,000 square foot “education clubhouse” complete with seven classrooms, a teaching kitchen, and multi-purpose training and education space. The grounds include three lighted, turf fields – two multipurpose youth baseball and softball diamonds and a full 90-foot diamond. The campus plays host to our afterschool academic enrichment, beginner baseball clinics, and competitive baseball and softball teams. The facility is also used year round for fundraising events, community groups, and other local baseball and softball teams.

Scholar Athletes

Scholar Athletes represent the third through eighth grade students who participate in Academy programs. The culture at the Academy is grounded in the positive values of sports – instilling in our Scholar Athletes a love of physical activity as well as the qualities of determination, resiliency, teamwork, and goal setting. Each facet of our program supports Scholar Athletes in developing the skills necessary to reach their full academic potential and lead long and healthy lives. To date, nearly 1,000 Scholar Athletes have participated in our afterschool enrichment program and more than 3,600 youth have participated in baseball and softball programs.

Academic Enrichment

According to DC Health Matters, youth from Wards 7 and 8 graduate high school at a lower rate than the rest of DC Public Schools. Academic support is an important component of the Academy’s BASE afterschool enrichment that blends sports activity, nutrition instruction, mentoring, specialized activities, and STEM-focused academic support with socio-emotional skills development. Each day, Scholars have a study hall with individualized academic support from volunteer tutors and small group work. STEM-based activities are offered to develop core math and science skills.