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The BASE is an organization and methodology that combines exceptional baseball and softball training and competition with academic and career resources that empower student-athletes to achieve their full potential both on and off the field. The BASE envisions a world in which urban talent is recognized as our nation’s greatest untapped asset.

Founded in Boston in 2013 by Robert Lewis, Jr., The BASE builds on the 40-year history of the successful youth baseball program, the Boston Astros. Lewis began coaching the Astros in Boston’s Villa Victoria public housing development in the 1970s, starting with only a handful of players.

Since its launch, The BASE has served nearly 5,000 student-athletes, enrolled 259 in college or a career training program and secured $30 million in academic scholarships.

The BASE engages and supports a growing number of youth coaches, including many former Astros players, and has built strong relationships with diverse leaders and institutions committed to changing minds, lives and the status quo, from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, higher education, the community and beyond.

The BASE has become a national movement with a sites operating in Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh and now Indianapolis.