Athletics

Lord Jeffs Partner with W.E.B. Du Bois Academy

imageAMHERST, MA – On Saturday, Oct. 24, players and coaches from the Amherst College baseball team travelled to Springfield, Mass., to provide baseball instruction to inner-city youth. The team connected with the Springfield W.E.B. Du Bois Academy for a morning of hitting, fielding and throwing instruction.

The event—the first meeting of the two groups—was modeled after Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities (RBI) program, a concept that Amherst head coach Brian Hamm wanted to bring to Springfield.

The partnership aims for both parties—the kids and the Amherst players—to learn from each other.  Amherst Associate Athletic Director Billy McBride was integral in putting the baseball team in touch with the Du Bois Academy. Coach McBride, who is an active member of the Springfield community, also travelled with the team to participate in the event.

The Du Bois Academy is a not-for-profit organization of the Black Men of Greater Springfield that dedicates itself to reinforcing positive citizenship in local minority youth. The Amherst College baseball team looks forward to maintaining an active relationship with the Academy. In February, the Jeffs will invite the Du Bois students to Amherst for a tour of campus and to watch a men's basketball game.

View photos from Amherst's October event and learn more about the W.E.B. Du Bois Academy.