The DC Grays are proud to call the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy home

Beginning in June 2014 the DC Grays will be playing their home games at the brand-new, state-of-the-art Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy at Fort DuPont. After two years hosting their home games at Hoy Field at Gallaudet University, the Grays will now be playing at the showcase Main Field at the Academy, which features the high-quality Astro Turf, a press box, stadium seating, restrooms, a concessions stand, and lighting for summer evening baseball. The Academy also features two indoor batting cages, as well as an indoor pitching mound.

The Academy is already becoming a hotbed of local baseball activity. Gonzaga High School and Anacostia High School currently use the Academy as their home field for the spring, and in the summer the DC Grays will be bringing championship-level summer college baseball to DC baseball fans.

The Academy is located in Ward 7’s Fort DuPont Park on land that was secured through the cooperation of the DC and Federal governments. The Academy has ample parking in a secure lot. Parking and admission is free and open to the public.

Here are some quick facts about the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy:

Mission: To use the sports of baseball and softball as vehicles to foster positive character development, academic achievement and improved health among at-risk Washington, D.C., youth.

Vision: To be an enduring community organization nurturing the development of D.C. youth into thriving adults.

After school programs: The Academy’s core programs will include its After-School Academy, which will operate from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., three days a week during the school year and its Summer Academy, which will run full-day programs for six weeks every year. Each of these programs will engage the Academy’s scholar-athletes in academic enrichment, baseball/softball instruction, and nutrition education, and strategic partnerships will guarantee the highest quality of program delivery.

Summer programs: While focusing more heavily on baseball and softball development and opportunities for play, the Summer Academy will help students improve academic achievement and avoid summer learning loss through continued exposure to Academy curricula. DC Grays players will participate in mentoring students during these summer programs.

For more information about the Academy’s after school programs and summer programs, visit: http://mlb.mlb.com/was/youthbaseballacademy/enroll.jsp.

The address of the Academy is 3675 Ely Place SE, Washington, DC 20019. The Academy is adjacent to the Fort DuPont Ice Arena.

You can also find out more about Nationals Youth Baseball Academy at www.nationalsacademy.org.

Academy FrontMain Field from observation deckMain Field Home outDugoutField 3Field 2Visitor Dugout StandsClassroom