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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.


meals provided at the Academy to Scholar Athletes and the surrounding community in 2020.


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

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

This summer we celebrated the graduation of 16 Scholar Athletes from the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy as they completed eighth grade and began the exciting transition to high school. The ceremony highlighted each Scholar Athlete; we heard stories of their leadership, perseverance, and growth. Mentors honored their mentees with the gift of a personalized jersey, and our new Player Ambassador, Josh Bell, delivered poignant remarks encouraging our graduates to set goals, envision success, and celebrate their achievements.

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FIELD OF GREENS MARKET: Fund a bag of produce today

The Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in partnership with 4P Foods operates the only year-round farmers market in Ward 7 for community residents – featuring shares of fresh produce at a greatly subsidized rate. With a donation today to “Buy A Bag” on behalf of a neighbor in need, you can provide enough nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables for one week for a family of four.
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