Today’s blog highlights a recent publication by ESPN’s The Undefeated website showcasing The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, where former PPI Director of Operations Tal Alter is the executive director.
The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy’s mission is to use the sports of baseball and softball as vehicles to foster positive character development, academic achievement and improved health among youth from underserved communities in Washington, D.C. Much like PeacePlayers, the organization is using sport as a vehicle for change. The person at the helm of the Academy is former PPI Director of Operations Tal Alter.
On March 4th, 2014, the Academy officially opened the doors to its state-of-the-art, nine-acre education and recreation campus in Southeast Washington. The facility at the Academy, features an 18,000 sq. ft. education center complete with 7 classrooms, a full teaching kitchen, and multi-purpose training / education space, as well as grounds that include 3 baseball/softball diamonds and a teaching garden. Since its opening, the Academy has already directly served hundreds of children through its after-school and summer programs, designed specifically to meet the needs of youth from underserved neighborhoods, most of whom have limited access to positive mentors and productive out-of-school programs.
“The Academy was established in order to provide positive opportunities for young people living in some of D.C.’s most challenged neighborhoods. Using baseball and softball as vehicles to foster holistic youth development, we are proud to be in a family of sport-based youth development organizations, like PeacePlayers, that aim to make the world a better place. A bit more than two years in, we are only beginning to scratch the surface of the potential impact we can ultimately hope to make. ” – Executive Director, Tal Alter
The organization was recently featured on ESPN’s the undefeated website. In the feature, you get a sneak peak in to what a day inside the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy is like. Throughout the video, you will hear from staff members about the importance of making the game of baseball fun and how they use the sport to teach off the field lessons. You will hear kids cheer energetically for their teammates and see the inspiration the academy has given those living in some of Washington D.C.’s most challenging areas. Sound familiar!? There have been many former PPI fellow’s and staff members both domestically and internationally that have gone on to do great work in the world of sport for development! Congratulations to Tal and your staff from all of us at PeacePlayers on the work you have done and continue to do!
Check out the video link below! To learn more about the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy click here!