Who We Are - El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association

Who We Are

El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 2000, with the mission of creating educational and developmental opportunities for El Paso youth, and advancing youth baseball and softball talent to its highest potential.

Competitive athletic programs contribute significantly to the teaching and development of students, providing opportunities to understand the rewards that come from dedication to a larger purpose and to develop their personal, physical, and intellectual skills.

Over 1,000 children a year receive academic support or structured physical activities through El Paso Border Youth, with over 50 area high school students ultimately receiving higher education scholarships through the work of EPBYAA.

Our programs include BASE Play RBI, THE BASE, and Chihuahuas NeXt RBI.

All people are welcome to participate in El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association programs regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, religion, or ability to pay.

Who We Serve

The City of El Paso is the 18th largest in the United States and ranks 13th in the national among cities with the highest concentration of children ages 2-18. Approximately 82% of El Paso residents are Hispanic, however, BYAA serves communities with up to 100% Hispanic population in the outlying areas of El Paso County.

With only 21% of the population holding a bachelor’s degree or higher, El Paso residents have the lowest incomes among all major Texas cities.  Improved educational attainment rates have long been a priority for El Paso and remain an urgent deliverable to support job creation and progress toward the goal of raising the per capita income in El Paso. The focus on academic achievement is present in all BYAA programs, from the elementary school level to higher education scholarship support.

OUr Milestones

  • BYAA recruited and ran 10 baseball teams, including 4 travel teams, assisting players in obtaining over 50 college level scholarships since inception.
  • BYAA opened THE BASE, a 14,000 square foot, indoor skills development and practice facility.
  • BYAA launched year-round skills and personal development programming at THE BASE.
  • BYAA held the first annual NCAA Seminar, a free event to assist parents and students in the NCAA eligibility and recruitment process, designed to help improve scholarship outcomes for student athletes.
  • BYAA received an endowment for construction of an outdoor facility.
  • BYAA also received a 5-year grant from Hunt Family Foundation in support of BASE Play.
  • BYAA became an affiliate of Major League Baseball through its Youth Programs division.
  • BYAA partnered with Columbia School of Public Health to assess BASE Play RBI students and families.
  • BYAA presented to the 41st National Rural Social Workers Conference on the Columbia findings, speaking on the topic of Colonia Residency, Academics and Obesity.
  • The El Paso Chihuahuas Triple-A baseball team and BYAA partnered to form Chihuahuas NeXt youth baseball and softball instructional leagues for elite players.
  • BYAA also partneredwith the Eastlake Key Club, a youth division of Kiwanis International, in Socorro Independent School District to complete a Thanksgiving food drive for over 200 BASE Play families.
  • BYAA was recognized through BASE Play RBI as one of four softball teams in the nation invited to the Miami Classic by MLB- a week of events around the 2017 All-Star game. Twelve 6th grade girls stayed on the grounds of Miami University for a week during the event, receiving programming from USA Softball professionals along with inspirational and educational lecture and tours of the University.
  • The BASE Play RBI- Kiwanis Clubs of El Paso collaboration was featured in Kiwanis International Magazine and website. An article and three videos were produced by the magazine and subsequently circulated to 128,000 members.
  • Chihuahuas NeXt was invited to send two high school softball players o the Elite Development Series, a week of intensive instruction with USA Softball coaches in Vero Beach, Florida. This was the first year of softball participation in MLB’s Breaking Barriers Series.
  • The first Chihuahuas NeXt high school instructional summer league, serving over 400 area baseball players and 75 softball players, culminating in the first Chihuahuas NeXt High School All-Star game at Southwest University Park that was attended by over 1,000 El Paso fans and supporters.
  • The first annual “Field Day at BASE Play” was held and represented the second collaboration with El Paso Key Clubs to serve BASE Play students. Over 400 BASE Play students and family members attended.
  • The second annual Chihuahuas NeXt high school instructional summer league served over 600 area baseball players with a total of 43 teams. This year was the first to have both a Varsity and Junior Varsity Chihuahuas NeXt High School All-Star game at Southwest University Park that was attended by over 2,000 El Paso fans and supporters.
  • BASE Play PREP now offered in 5 elementary schools in Gadsden Independent School District. An additional 5 schools located in Anthony, NM joined the Base Play service communities in October 2018. The program is designed to introduce 3rd grade students to baseball and softball, with a focus on academic accountability and the 6 Pillars of Character
  • BYAA College Prep Academy was launched in November 2018 in order to increase the number of student-athletes who obtain scholarship opportunities.

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