Mayor Gary Christenson and Julio Henriquez, President of Malden’s Angel Baseball Program joined The BASE founder and President Robert Lewis, Jr. at the BASE’s Roxbury headquarters for a press conference with Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito presented $50,000 in baseball scholarships to the BASE, a non-profit that offers an intensive training program for area baseball coaches and academic tutoring combined with year-round baseball instruction for inner-city students, many of whom have had school or family challenges. Last year, Lewis announced that Angel Baseball players will be receiving as much as $1 million in scholarship funding for the opportunity to earn full or partial scholarships to New England colleges and universities.
Angel Baseball, established in 2004 provides an opportunity for local youth to play competitive baseball at a nominal cost. Through scholarships from the BASE, students have participated in showcases for no cost and in 2014, two players received full college scholarships. The BASE, in partnership with Angel Baseball, aims to expand and launch additional programs in Lawrence, Lowell, Springfield and Worcester. Mayor Christenson, who has been a strong supporter of Malden Angel Baseball commended the BASE and Angel Baseball.
“The funding provided by Governor Baker will go a long way to assist the BASE and Malden’s Angel Baseball in their continued collaboration to support young athletes academically, while providing the opportunity to experience the game of baseball,” said Mayor Christenson.
To learn more about Angel Baseball, visit www.Angel-baseball.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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