Former President Barack Obama shocked a group of children at Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Baseball Academy’s after-school program in D.C. Wednesday.
Handing out high fives, tossing a football, and running bases as a baseball diamond, the former president let loose with the children and provided some encouragement.
“You know, when I see what you guys are doing I think everybody here — if you guys work hard, work hard in school, listen to your coaches — you guys are gonna do great things,” he said to the group.
“So I’m gonna be on the lookout for you, huh? Cause I think you’re gonna do something important, you guys are gonna make a real difference, we’re gonna be really proud of you.”
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The Academy uses baseball & after-school enrichment to foster character development, academic achievement, and improved health among underserved youth in D.C. pic.twitter.com/vGPanAiYFW
— Nats Youth Academy (@NatsAcademy) May 23, 2019
According to NBC Sports, Obama was there to help celebrate the end of the school year and hung around the local area, visiting the on-site farmer’s market and giving lessons to the kids about teamwork.
“Great to get out there and take a few cuts at the plate yesterday—I had a blast with all these extraordinary young people,” Obama tweeted Thursday. “Thanks for letting me drop in and thanks to the Nationals Youth Academy for the outstanding work you do to support youth in DC.”
Great to get out there and take a few cuts at the plate yesterday—I had a blast with all these extraordinary young people. Thanks for letting me drop in and thanks to the Nationals Youth Academy for the outstanding work you do to support youth in DC. https://t.co/GKRMd8kZxm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 23, 2019
While the children at Nats Youth Academy weren’t expecting him, the 44th president has taken to surprising schools, hospitals, campaigns, and other organizations as part of his style since he left office.
Obama dawned a Santa hat and a sack full of toys and made the rounds at Children’s National Hospital in the capital over Christmas time for a surprise visit. Last year, he shocked a group of Chicago high school students by sitting in on one of their summer classes.