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2 Decades ago

Youman Wilder noticed that a alarming number of talented baseball players from the communities of Harlem and the South Bronx were going unnoticed.

Despite great talent they were not reaching their full potential due to constraints out of their control.

Harlem Hitting Academy was built to reverse this effect.

Harlem Hitting Academy was made to give youth from underprivileged communities the opportunity to get higher education and play sports at the same time.

Training to Excel

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Stephen Elmore

Princeton University

Fairfield Basketball Coach

"Baseball is his vehicle, but Youman’s impact goes far beyond the baseball diamond or batting cages—the Harlem Baseball  Hitting Academy is a safe haven, a place where dreams and potential are realized—lives are changed for the better."

Meet The Guys
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Tyler Paulino

St Vincent College

HBHA Captain

"Coming to the Harlem Baseball Academy was a serious game changer. I learned hard work and being dedicated to getting better only made me better. I learned not just baseball but how to be a beter student and person."

Meet The Alumni
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Daniel Bakst

Stanford University

NCAA All-American

TEAM-USA Gold Medal Winner


"Being in the HBHA has changed my baseball game for the better, and more importantly Youman has taught me the value of hard work and dedication, which are values that extend way beyond the baseball field."

Meet The Guys

Julian McWilliams
Boston Globe
Writer for the Boston Red Sox 
Harlem Baseball Academy Alumni

       Columbia University
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