"Obama! It's Barack Obama!," shouted one student as he made a beeline for former President Barack Obama.
The 44th president surprised approximately 100 third-eighth grade students at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Southeast DC on Wednesday. The Scholar-Athletes were celebrating the end of the school year and had no clue the visit from President Obama would be part of their day.
The Academy uses baseball, softball, and after-school enrichment to foster positive character development, academic achievement, and improved health among underserved youth in D.C.
President Obama enjoyed 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 offering healthy, affordable produce to neighborhood families.
The former president had a pretty stellar sports day as well, as he threw a touchdown pass and hit a double that he definitely could have stretched into a triple.
"When I see what you guys are doing, I think everybody here, if you work hard in school and listen to your coaches, you guys are going to do great things," said Obama. "I'm gonna be on the lookout for you because you guys are going to make a big difference and I'm going to be really proud of you."