UMass Boston hosted more than 200 baseball players from teams as far away as Chicago this past weekend for the 2nd annual BASE Urban Baseball Classic.
The BASE is a local AAU program named one of the best programs in the country because of what it does for young African American and Hispanic baseball players.
From Thursday to Sunday, twelve teams took part in games at Monan Park, UMass Boston's shared facility with BC High, and The English High School in Jamaica Plain; toured the UMass Boston campus with representatives from Undergraduate Admissions; and participated in a BASE-run college fair in the Beacons Ice Arena.
On the opening night of the four-day event, students heard impactful words from Darla Pires DeGrace, president and CEO of the National Black MBA Association, and Roberto Clemente, Jr., a baseball broadcaster and former professional baseball player. Both stressed the value of education and the importance of staying focused while working hard.
During their time in Boston, the players also took a harbor cruise, toured Boston, and took part in youth forum. The BASE Urban Baseball Classic ended Sunday with a college baseball showcase. Teams and student-athletes got a chance to showcase their skills by competing in a variety of competitions.