President Obama surprises scholar athletes of Nats Youth Academy

Chris Lingebach
May 23, 2019 - 3:46 pm
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The scholar athletes at Nationals Youth Baseball Academy were awarded the surprise of a lifetime to celebrate the end of the school year: a visit from President Barack Obama.

President Obama Surprises Nats Youth Academy
Paul Kim for the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

President Obama got a firsthand look at the after-school programming of the Youth Baseball Academy, including a scrimmage between the HUSTLE baseball and softball programs, field activities for younger students, and the weekly farmers' market, which offers healthy, affordable produce to neighborhood families.

President Obama engaged with them in what looked to be a spirited game of mushball, and tossed the pigskin around, even chucking a long bomb down the field for a touchdown.

President Obama Visits Nats Youth Academy
President Obama Visits Nats Youth Academy

The Nats Academy uses baseball, softball, and after-school enrichment to foster positive character development, academic achievement and improved health among underserved youth in D.C.

Watch the joy on their faces as 44 steps on the field in the video above.

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