The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy will host its official ribbon cutting ceremony with the help of special guests including Nationals players and executives, local and federal government leaders, and the Academy’s inaugural class of scholar-athletes at on March 29 at the brand new facility in Fort DuPont Park in S.E. D.C.

The Academy is a year-round educational and athletic facility designed to provide quality after-school and summer learning programs for boys and girls in Washington, D.C. neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. It is the result of a unique public-private partnership that includes the Washington Nationals, the Nationals Dream Foundation, the D.C. government, Events DC, the National Park Service and the local business and philanthropic community.

The Academy uses baseball and softball as vehicles to help develop literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills, as well as healthy lifestyles through fitness, proper nutrition and cooking lessons in a safe, nurturing environment. The facility features three playing fields and an 18,000 square foot “educational clubhouse” with year-round batting cages, seven classrooms, a cutting-edge teaching kitchen and community event space.