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Using baseball and softball as vehicles to foster positive character development, academic achievement, and improved health among youth living in underserved communities.
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Young Nationals fan, and Soto with fans.

Signature program of Nationals Philanthropies

The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy is the signature program of Nationals Philanthropies, the official charitable arm of the Washington Nationals. Conceived as part of a public-private partnership between the District government and Major League Baseball in the deal that brought the Nationals to Washington, D.C., 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. Through a holistic youth development program – including academic enrichment, physical activity, and health education – the Academy imparts a lasting impact on the lives of school-age children living east of the Anacostia River.


annual operating budget supported by public funding enables the holistic program.


Grab and Go meals distributed since March as the Academy serves as a critical site for food access.


children participated in YBA PLAY clinics last year, with more registered to access the virtual program.

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Scholar Athletes receive consistent engagement on the core values of the Academy: Be Outstanding, Be Healthy, Be a Leader, Continue to Learn
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