Barack Obama Surprises Scholar Athletes (And One Kid Can't Even!)

May 23, 2019 - 4:41 pm

The scholar athletes at Nationals Youth Baseball Academy were awarded the surprise of a lifetime to celebrate the end of the school year: a visit from former President Barack Obama.

Former president Obama got a first-hand look at the after-school programming of the Youth Baseball Academy, including a scrimmage between the HUSTLE baseball and softball programs, field activities for younger students, and the weekly farmers' market, which offers healthy, affordable produce to neighborhood families.

President Obama talks to kids at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy
Paul Kim/Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

The former president engaged with them in what looked to be a spirited game of mushball and tossed the pigskin around, even chucking a long bomb down the field for a touchdown.

Watch the joy on their faces as 44 steps on the field in the video above.