Anything is possible. Anything is possible at all.
If you want to do it, go get it.
[TEXT: Sports in America "Achieve Higher"]
The goal of the Urban Youth Academy, it’s all about inspiration,
it’s all about motivation.
[TEXT: Darrell Miller, Vice President, MLB Youth Facilities
Baseball is the carrot. Baseball is what we dangle in front of the kids
to make them want to achieve higher in life.
And the way that we integrated values into our sports is to
and emphasize what the sport is trying to create inside of us.
[TEXT: Trayvon Robinson, Left fielder, Seattle Mariners]
I was part of the Urban Youth Academy as an employee in 2009.
After I got on the 40-man roster, I said,
"Hey, let me give back, let me work here."
There’s nothing better than giving back to where you came from,
helping somebody else to fulfill their dreams.
I can just see myself in the kids' shoes.
In my high school I remember standing up in front of my history
class and talking about
“Hey, I want to be a professional baseball
Everybody kind of looked at me like, "Come on, man!"
That kind of motivated me to work harder.
Baseball can teach young kids a lot about life.
Baseball and life, you know they go hand in hand pretty much.
[TEXT: Corey Aikens, Urban Youth Academy Player]
It teaches you sportsmanship,
how to get along with different people in the dugout,
how to conduct yourselves, and that also translates to
when you go off the field, how to deal with people.
[Robinson] There’s always something to get
somebody better and push them
to become, not even a professional baseball player,
just becoming a good person.
[Miller] I can do, I can have, I can achieve if I desire and I work hard.
And that’s the lesson that we want to teach everyone in life.
[TEXT: Every Play Matters
Share Your Sport At
Produced by the U.S. Department of State]