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BASE Indianapolis Fundraiser Supports Urban Youth Through Athletics, Education

Nov 03, 2019 08:02PM
Throughout Indianapolis and the metro area, African-American and Latino youth face an opportunity gap in athletics, academics, wellness and life skills that all can be gained by playing organized team sports. Yet, the cost of taking part in high-level, competitive amateur sports has affected reduced participation rates among many lower-income families.

To help, BASE Indianapolis will conduct the major Base Ball One fundraiser from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on November 7 at the Salesforce Tower, in Indianapolis. The organization has set a fundraising goal of $2.7 million in three years to provide a proven set of athletic, education and life skills programming to support and advance urban youth throughout college and subsequent careers.

BASE combines exceptional baseball training and competition with academic and career resources that empower student-athletes to achieve their full potential both on and off the field, envisioning a world in which urban talent is recognized as our nation’s greatest untapped asset. It was founded in Boston in 2013 by Robert Lewis, Jr., and 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.

Future plans are for the BASE Indianapolis to operate a vibrant, dynamic facility that provides a safe, nurturing environment where student-athletes and families come for support. The plan is to construct a long-term home in Indianapolis’ Martindale Brightwood neighborhood on the city’s near-east side, from which the organization can deliver year-round services. There are also BASE sites operating in Boston, Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Location:1 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis. For more information, visit TheBaseIndy.org.


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