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Citrin Cooperman Client Spotlight: The BASE

March 2, 2017
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Robert Lewis, Jr., President and Founder of The BASE, left his high-profile position at The Boston Foundation in 2013 to launch an organization that would shift the national mindset about what it takes for urban youth to succeed.

The BASE is a nonprofit organization based out of Roxbury, MA, providing access to sports and academic opportunities to 2,500+ urban youth each year. The program’s trifold approach includes:
  • Best-in-class, year-round baseball training, conditioning and competition (including statewide, regional and national tournaments, and college showcases);
  • Personalized educational resources and support with offerings such as SAT prep; college tours and fairs; financial aid guidance; and life-skills workshops; and
  • Comprehensive training for coaches and players in positive youth development, NCAA rules and regulations, social media, health screenings, and injury prevention training.
Focusing on a methodology that cultivates excellence, belief, and love, the leaders of the organization envision a world in which urban youth are recognized as our nation’s greatest untapped asset. The BASE is a model that leverages sports as a vehicle to engage youth in a positive, rigorous, passionate, and success-driven environment, with the goal of excellence, both on and off the field.

Robert openly shares that he strongly believes “it is our moral obligation to ensure that every child is healthy, safe, warm, fed, educated, and free from abuse.”

Since 2014, 137+ student athletes from the program have matriculated to college, and six former BASE student athletes are currently competing at The Major League Baseball level. The BASE was named “2013 and 2015 Triple Crown Sports’ US Baseball Champions”.

For questions about the organization, or to schedule a visit, contact Kim White-Sawczynec, at