Utilisation of Social Determinants of Health to Improve Education Among Youth in Dominican Baseball Academies

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Traditional youth baseball academies in the Dominican Republic, along with the potential of a major league baseball contract, are viewed by many parents as the best option to pull a child and family out of poverty. These academies advance the child's athletic abilities yet fail to provide formal education. Unfortunately, 97% of athletes leave the academy without a contract and are left with little education, job skills, or stable job prospects which ultimately returns them to the life of poverty they had hoped to escape through baseball. A faith‐based organisation in Santiago, Dominican Republic, offers a high‐level baseball academy inclusive of supportive academics. The purpose of this research project was to describe the perspectives of stakeholders involved with the faith‐based missional organisation to discern the components and effectiveness of the efforts to support student growth in and beyond athletic abilities.