Yesterday, President @BarackObama visited #NatsAcademy to play games with our students & shop the farmer's market.— Nationals Philanthropies (@Nats4Good) May 23, 2019
The Academy uses baseball & after-school enrichment to foster character development, academic achievement, and improved health among underserved youth in D.C. pic.twitter.com/vGPanAiYFW
Barack Obama put a smile on kids' faces — and ours — when he visited the Nationals Youth Academy in Washington DC to play some after-school games and deliver words of encouragement. The nonprofit is focused on enriching youth from underserved communities in DC by using baseball, softball, and after-school programs to encourage character development and academic achievement. On Wednesday, a group of the organization's scholar athletes got a surprise from the former president, and together they tossed a football, played baseball, and went to the weekly farmers market.
In addition to seeing how much fun everyone had, the sweetest part was the mini pump-up speech Obama gave at the end. With all the kids circled around him, he said, "You know, when I see what you guys are doing, I think everybody here, if you work hard in school, listen to your coaches, you guys are gonna do great things. I'm gonna be on the lookout for ya. 'Cause I think you're gonna do something important. You guys are gonna make a real difference. We're gonna be really proud of you."
There's no doubt those words from the former president will have a lasting impression on them. Watch the sweet video above.
Great to get out there and take a few cuts at the plate yesterday—I had a blast with all these extraordinary young people. Thanks for letting me drop in and thanks to the Nationals Youth Academy for the outstanding work you do to support youth in DC. https://t.co/GKRMd8kZxm— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 23, 2019