The academic school year is coming down to the wire which means this marks the final week of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Baseball Academy's after-school program in southeast D.C.
On Wednesday, the students were treated to a surprise end-of-year visit by former President Barack Obama, who took a few hacks at the plate, visited the on-site farmers market, and coached students on the value of teamwork and working hard in school.
Great to get out there and take a few cuts at the plate yesterday—I had a blast with all these extraordinary young people. Thanks for letting me drop in and thanks to the Nationals Youth Academy for the outstanding work you do to support youth in DC. https://t.co/GKRMd8kZxm— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 23, 2019
"I think everybody here -- if you guys work hard, work hard in school, listen to your coaches -- you guys are gonna do great things. So, I'm gonna be on the lookout for ya because I think you're gonna do something important. You guys are gonna make a real difference and we're gonna be really proud of you," Obama told the kids.
The Obama family has stayed busy in and around D.C. since leaving office in January 2017. Former first lady Michelle Obama has hosted roundtable discussions with students at Ballou STAY High School in Washington and the former president has made additional visits to McKinley Tech High School, the Langston Terrace community, the Jelleff Boys & Girls Club, Dog Tag Bakery, and Children’s National Hospital.
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