The BASE, an urban youth mentoring nonprofit based in Roxbury, will expand to Chicago with the help of a $150,000 grant from Foundation To Be Named Later co-founders Paul and Theo Epstein.
The BASE Chicago will adopt about 400 kids from the Garfield Park league, according to the Chicago Tribune, as Lewis and his staff work to raise about $3 million from donors to fund the BASE for three years.
The Boston nonprofit works to empower urban youth through academics, mentoring and baseball. A ceremony was held yesterday at Wrigley Field. In addition to the $150,000 grant from the Foundation To Be Named Later, Good Sports announced a $50,000 equipment donation to The BASE Chicago after officials were able to determine immediate equipment needs for 2018.
“The BASE aims to shift the national mindset about what it takes for urban youth to succeed and to build a movement of citizens who are committed to their success,” said The BASE Founder and President Robert Lewis Jr. “We operate a premier national urban youth training academy with a methodology that cultivates excellence, belief and love.”