The BASE is re-imagining pathways to success for urban youth.

The BASE operates a premier national urban youth training academy which combines sports and academic opportunities with a methodology that cultivates excellence, belief and love. We are making the invisible, visible and shining a spotlight on the limitless potential of our young people.

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Imagine…

If every black and brown child growing up in urban America believes they can achieve greatness regardless of the uncertainty they live with…

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Imagine…

If all sectors mobilize their best efforts and resources to create multiple pathways for success for urban youth that are relevant and contextualized for them to realize their fullest potential…

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What if…

The BASE is able to shift mindsets so that urban youth are considered one of our nation’s greatest untapped assets…

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Batter Up: Juma Crawford, executive director, Lewis Family Foundation
Batter Up: Juma Crawford, executive director, Lewis Family Foundation

Juma Crawford was named executive director of The Lewis Family Foundation in 2013. Established by Alan and Harriett Lewis, the foundation has been a major BASE supporter since its inception. A native of San Mateo, California, Juma holds degrees from Amherst College, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and Boston College Law School. He previously worked

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Batter Up: Jeff Paquette, BASE chief operating officer
Batter Up: Jeff Paquette, BASE chief operating officer

Jeff Paquette has joined the BASE staff as chief operating officer. In 2016, Jeff helped draft the program’s strategic plan for 2020. A resident of Jamaica Plain, he brings extensive experience in philanthropic and non-profit enterprises to his new role at The BASE, having previously worked as a teacher, fund-raiser, strategic planner, financial officer, operational

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Batter Up: John Cook, BASE board chair

John Cook has assumed the role of board chairman at the BASE. Cook is a financial adviser and veteran Republican political fundraiser, having served as finance director for Charlie Baker’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign. A Belmont native, he now works for UBS’s private wealth management office in Boston. It was through Baker and his friendship with

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What people are saying...

What people are saying...

If I want my son to be a citizen of the world, he needs to play for The BASE.

ParentBASE Student-Athlete
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Both of our organizations believe in education, empowerment, and creating a better Boston.

Brian BicknellDean of Academics, Ben Franklin Institute of Technology
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The BASE is teaching urban kids to win.

Alan KhazeiCo-founder of City Year and Be the Change
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