PROGRAM 15 and New Balance Baseball continue their unwavering commitment to change the game of baseball by providing amateur players across all economic levels an opportunity to reach their full potential through the training, development, and guidance of former MLB players, scouts, and coaches with the announcement of their collaboration with highly regarded urban youth baseball and softball academy, The BASE.
Based out of Boston with branches in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Chicago, The BASE operates a premier national urban youth academy that leverages the power and passion of sports to change the game for urban youth by providing opportunity, education, training and encouragement.
PROGRAM 15 and Future Stars Series representatives will be on hand at the upcoming Boston Urban Baseball Classic, July 31-August 4 as well as the 6th Annual BASEball Gala on June 5, held at Fenway Park.
Jeremy Booth, PROGRAM 15 Founder, CEO and President of Baseball Operations for The New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series says, “The BASE Academy has been changing lives for 4 decades. The mission is pure: impact players and advance them in all walks of life in and beyond the game of baseball. Robert and Stephen Lewis have built a legacy that has built Major Leaguers and community leaders who continue to give back to where they came from. We’re honored to come together with them to help their mission and take the next step to help the youth achieve”.
The BASE teams will participate in upcoming New Balance Futures Stars series events as well as hold their first Scout Day this coming fall. Player profiles and evaluations will be logged into the PROGRAM 15 Proprietary Scouting Database and made available to college coaches and pro scouts.
Select players identified by PROGRAM 15’s National Staff of former Major League and professional players, scouts and coaches will be submitted to New Balance Baseball for advanced opportunities and potential selection to regional and national team rosters for New Balance sponsored events.
President of The BASE, Robert Lewis Jr. said, “The BASE is extremely excited to be partnering with PROGRAM15. It will help to catapult The BASE on a national level to ensure the highest quality of baseball for our young people. This partnership will showcase the best of urban baseball nationally. It is about CHANGING THE GAME and ensuring that urban talent is American talent- all of our young people deserve to have nothing but the best.”
ABOUT THE BASE
Founded in 2013 and born out of the Boston Astros’ culture and methodology, The BASE combines exceptional baseball and softball training and competition with dynamic resources and opportunities to empower student-athletes to achieve their full potential.
Since its inception, the Boston Astros program has achieved significant success by serving over 8,000 boys and girls on more than 600 teams. Through their competitive pursuits, Astros teams have established themselves as an Elite program in the nation. The Astros have competed at the local, regional and national level – playing teams such as the Canadian National Team, the Dominican Republic All-Stars, Team Puerto Rico, and the Bronx New York Stars and competing across the country in states including Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey. In addition, the Astros were also able to compete in Japan and following this competition, they were featured in Japanese print and radio as a model American baseball program.
To learn more about The BASE visit https://www.thebase.org
ABOUT PROGRAM 15:
PROGRAM 15 boasts a faculty and staff that includes multiple Major League All-Stars and World Series veterans responsible for executing the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series, an initiative between the two organizations to elevate the game of baseball by providing amateur players across all economic levels an opportunity to reach their full potential through the training, development, and guidance of former MLB players, scouts, and coaches. For more information on Program15 and the Future Stars Series, visit www.futurestarsseries.com or @program15bb and @ftrstarsseries on Twitter.
ABOUT NEW BALANCE:
New Balance, headquartered in Boston, MA has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. Manufactured in the U.S. for over 75 years and representing a limited portion of our U.S. sales, New Balance Made U.S. is a premium collection that contains a domestic value of 70% or greater. New Balance owns five factories in New England and one in Flimby, U.K. New Balance employs more than 6,000 associates around the globe, and in 2017 reported worldwide sales of $4 billion. To learn more about New Balance, please visit www.newbalance.com and for the latest press information please visit http://newbalance.newsmarket.com.