WASHINGTON D.C. -- Southeast D.C. has been home to the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy for a few years. On Monday, it welcomed a new addition to the complex-- a shaded pavilion that will allow baseball and softball players a warm up or practice option out of the sun.
The project is one of 7 being developed or unveiled over the next few days to coincide with the Major League Baseball All-Star Game being played in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.
These projects are part of a partnership between Major League Baseball and the Nationals Foundation that will fund $5 million in improvements around the DMV aimed at helping kids.
Other projects include baseball field improvements at Walker Mill Regional Park in Prince George's County and at Fred Crabtree Park in Fairfax County. Money will also be spent renovations at the So Others Might Eat affordable housing complex in Northwest, USO logistics facility at Fort Belvoir and Richard England Clubhouse in Northeast.
Another new addition for the DMV will be the development of a mobile dental unit for Prince George's County run in partnership with Children's Hospital that will also be a resource for citizens in wards 7 and 8.
According to a press release from Major League Baseball, The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy offers free, year-round baseball and softball instruction as well as educational and sports-related vocational programming, including SAT/ACT classes, Broadcasting and homework assistance. The Academy is part of a larger network, which includes MLB Academies in Cincinnati, Compton, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, New Orleans,Philadelphia and Gurabo (Puerto Rico).