Today’s podcast guest has dedicated his life’s work to helping to bridge the gap that separates minorities from the prototypical American youth baseball experience.
It’s easy to make the case that no one in the Boston area has made a bigger impact on Black and Latino youth baseball players than Robert Lewis Jr. In 2013, Lewis founded The BASE, an organization that leverages the power and passion of baseball to help student athletes find pathways to success both on and off the field.
The BASE in Roxbury, Mass., serves over 1,500 youth annually. Since 2013, the organization has helped student-athletes earn $45 million in scholarships and financial aid.
Lewis makes the case that for baseball to grow in America, it first has to grow in urban, inner-city neighborhoods.