In conjunction with the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Reds Community Fund, UC played host to 49 high school baseball and softball players primarily from Cincinnati Public Schools for five days this summer as part of the second consecutive “Home Base” camp. While experiencing life as a college student by day, the students honed their athletic chops at the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy by night.
“Home Base focuses on a wide range of experiences such as ACT college test prep classes, leadership training and so much more,” said Kathie Maynard, UC associate dean for education innovations and community partnerships, after last year’s inaugural camp.
“What makes this program special is how it develops the students’ mind, body and soul. Too often, programs will focus on individual skills training such as just sports or academics or only on social, emotional learning. But this program really blends all of those, and the diversity within the programming allows us to address the needs of the students holistically.”
The program’s positive urban impact aligns with the university's strategic plan, Next Lives Here. In an effort to significantly increase the number of UC graduates from the Cincinnati Public Schools, UC continues to enhance pipeline programs, mentoring innovative research and academic support services.