The Harlem Baseball Hitting Academy is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to improving the lives of inner city youth, primarily in the under-served communities of Harlem and the South Bronx.
HBHA utilizes baseball training as a tool to teach important life lessons regarding discipline, ethics, integrity and hard work utilizing a hands-on mentor relationship.
HBHA fosters physical and mental development, teamwork, and rule-based play through instruction in the sport of baseball.
HBHA looks to prepare youth to attend and play baseball at the collegiate level, through baseball training, life mentoring, and school tutoring.
HBHA facilitates college enrollment among students in the New York Public School system by preparing youth to compete in the sport of baseball and providing them access to scholarship opportunities at the collegiate or high school level.
Youman Wilder, founder of HBHA, has dedicated his life to the betterment of underprivileged youth, using baseball as the primary tool to getting kids off the streets, focused on schoolwork, and developing their baseball skills.
We are really big on hitting and speed and the overall 5 tool approach to baseball
Mr. Wilder believes all kids should have the opportunity to attend college.
He provides the support and one-on-one mentoring to equip these student-athletes with the tools to succeed on and off the baseball field
The New York Hitting Academy of Harlem is finishing up its 8th year of existence.
We have placed over 50 players in DI and DII programs
The HBHA members have won 3 NCAA Division I National Baseball Championships
1 MLB Baseball World Series
And The Harlem Based Academy has had 20 MLB draft picks in 10 years of existence
Our goal is we want to put more kids in college than in the criminal justice system
Of the 100 players to come through this program
100% High school graduation rate
100% college graduation rate