George Washington baseball sophomore Bobby Campbell has been named the GW Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for the month of October for his continued work with the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.
The NYBA is a youth enrichment program in partnership with the Washington Nationals that is offered to low-income students of DC Public Schools. Each Monday, Bobby, along with other GW student-athletes, visit the Youth Academy in Southeast Washington to provide mentorship, both on the baseball diamond and in the classroom, to elementary school students.
"A typical day involves stretching and then going through fundamentals of the game such as throwing, fielding and hitting," said Campbell. "Then we break up into stations and go through defense, hitting and catching techniques before playing a simulated game where the kids can show off their skills."
A continuing partnership that dates back to last academic year, Campbell is making the most of his chances to impact the lives of those less fortunate.
"The best part about volunteering with the NYBA is having the ability to gain a friendship with kids who come from different backgrounds," said Campbell.
When asked to sum up his time spent with the children of the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, Campbell is quick to point out the lessons that he has been afforded.
"The most valuable lesson I have learned is that not everyone has the same opportunities," said the 2013 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie selection. "As GW student-athletes, we have the ability to open their minds up to different opportunities."