Established in 2001, Fields of Dreams (FoD) is an initiative of A Greater Washington (AGW), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For 15 years, FoD has provided free afterschool and summer programming to approximately 3,300 for children ages 5-12 in some of the most underserved communities in Washington, D.C.
The framework of the FoD program is centered on the values that guided Jackie Robinson's life on and off the baseball field. Using the book, Jackie's Nine, written by his daughter, Sharon Robinson, FoD teachers and coaches model and encourage these values to the youth in our program. Founders Bruce Adams, Robert Brandon, and Keith Stubbs collaborated with Sharon Robinson and after school officials to develop curriculum for the program. . Working in collaboration with District of Columbia Public Schools, we renovated baseball fields, recruited trained coaches and implemented programs across Ward 7 and 8. Through tutoring, mentoring, and coaching, the values are underscored as approaches to achieve success in academics, athletics, and personal goals.