Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 11:45

Assumption Partners with Inner-City Athletic, Academic Program

Assumption College has formed a partnership with The BASE, an organization that leverages the power and passion for sports to change the game for African-American and Latino urban youth by providing high quality baseball, education, training and support. Also joining as partners with The BASE and Assumption are Major League Baseball, Sony, and other institutions of higher learning.

Assumption, believing this program has the ability to transform the lives of those whom it serves, has committed to two, full four-year scholarships for eligible The BASE participants to continue their academic and athletic pursuits as students at the College.

“We are pleased to announce this exciting partnership between The BASE and Assumption College,” said Robert Lewis Jr., founder and president of The Base. “I am inspired and honored by the involvement of President Francesco Cesareo and the senior staff and faculty of Assumption as we work together to fulfill the shared vision of dramatically increasing college graduation rates for our student athletes and providing the tools, resources and support they need to build a winning game plan for life.”

Said President Cesareo: “The mission of The Base reflects the values synonymous with Assumption such as empowering individuals to realize and achieve their full potential. Through athletics, doors are opened for students who may otherwise face insurmountable financial hurdles. In the classroom and on the field, student-athletes learn valuable life-skills such as hard work, perseverance and working as a team, critical to professional and personal fulfilment.

The BASE provides a range of training opportunities and also a comprehensive academic and life skills program that focuses on students in grades 7-12, providing them with confidence, access, and skills to prepare for college studies.  The program includes:

  • Assessments, referrals and recommendations
  • MCAS and SAT prep, academic tutoring and support services
  • College fairs and visits
  • Life skills coaching, financial literacy and job readiness workshops
  • Nutrition seminars
  • Complimentary physical and dental examinations.


“Education is more than reading and memorizing, in the same way that baseball is much more than throwing, catching or hitting a ball,” added President Cesareo.  “In baseball, you are challenged to exceed your ability, to contribute in a positive way to the team as a whole.  Assumption’s approach to education is to form the whole person, so that they may contribute to the good of society, as a whole and, as Jackie Robinson said, lead a life that impacts others.”


Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews