Since President Barack Obama left the White House, life has seemed to be much less stressful. He’s been able to attend some prestigious sporting events and live a semi-normal life by comparison. Now he’s doing all he can to give back to the community.
On Wednesday, President Obama visited the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy — a program with the Washington Nationals that uses sports as “vehicles to foster positive character development, academic achievement and improved health among youth from underserved communities in Washington D.C.” — to play some games and shop at the farmer’s market.
Everyone knows the 44th President of the United States loves basketball, but the Chicago native is also a natural athlete. The 57-year old played quarterback and showed off his power at the plate.
Put your political views to the side for a moment and realize how cool this is. A former POTUS wanted to give back to the local community and decided the best way was to play football and baseball with a group of American kids.
And from a tight spiral for a touchdown to a smooth lefty swing that produced a double, President Obama looked like he had a lot of fun at the park.
Afterward, he gave an inspirational speech to the Washington, D.C. youth on hand at the Nationals Youth Academy, too.
“You know what 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 going to do great things. I’m going to be on the lookout for you because I think you’re going to do something important. You guys are going to make a real difference. We’re going to be really proud of you.”
— Former President Barack Obama
A NFL or MLB future is likely not the cards for President Obama, but a day to help foster character development with the Washington Nationals foundation sure made for a day these kids will always remember.