WASHINGTON, DC (June 12, 2015) — While Democrats bested Republicans 5-2 at last night’s 2015 Congressional Baseball Game before 5,000 fans, the real winners were young people across the country.
Toyota and the Toyota USA Foundation both made major contributions to help expand STEM education opportunities and cultivate leadership skills with major contributions to the Boys & Girls Clubs National Youth of the Year and the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.
The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy & Toyota USA Foundation
Before the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy’s scholar-athletes took the bases and threw out last night’s first pitch, the Toyota USA Foundation presented a $300,000 check to the Academy to support its unique programs in STEM, literacy and character development. The programs are aimed at Washington’s most underserved communities with the highest rates of high school drop-outs, crime and unemployment.
“The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy’s partnership with the Toyota USA Foundation came at an early and critical point in our development,” said Tal Alter, the Academy’s Executive Director. “The Foundation’s support accelerated our growth in ways that were otherwise not possible. We thank them for their continued support with this generous grant.”
“We know that our future will be shaped by increasingly sophisticated technological expertise and innovative problem solving,” said Michael Rouse, President, Toyota USA Foundation. “Toyota USA Foundation is proud to help the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy continue to create engaging, interactive opportunities to inspire the next generation in STEM education.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Youth of the Year & Toyota
Toyota also awarded a new Corolla and $5,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 2014-2015 National Youth of the Year, Maryah Sullivan. Maryah, who lives in Orlando, Florida, was selected for her leadership, service to her community, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle. Toyota is a Signature sponsor of the Youth of the Year program. This latest presentation marked the fifth year that the company has donated a new Corolla to the national winner.
“As the 2014-2015 National Youth of the Year, on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, I want to thank Toyota for its support of this amazing program. I am thrilled to accept the keys to my new Corolla. I can’t wait to get it out on the road,” said Maryah.
“At Toyota, we don’t just make great cars and trucks. We’re also committed to helping communities build stronger futures,” said Julia Wada, Group Vice President, Toyota Financial Services. “That’s why we support the tremendous work of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which serves nearly four million young people across the country and on U.S. military installations worldwide. We’re so pleased to continue our tradition of presenting the Youth of the Year with a new car. We wish Maryah safe travels in her Corolla!”
The Toyota USA Foundation
The Toyota USA Foundation, a charitable endowment with over $100 million committed to enhancing the quality of education, supports innovative programs and builds partnerships with organizations that are dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For additional information about the Toyota USA Foundation, please visit http://www.toyotagrants.com/foundation
The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball
The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy (Academy) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses baseball and softball as vehicles to foster positive character development, academic achievement, and improved health among children and youth from at-risk communities in Washington, D.C.
Operating out of a state of the art, nine-acre education and recreation campus in Ward 7’s Fort Dupont Park, the Academy offers high quality, holistic youth development programming during after-school and summer to children growing in DC’s neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. The facility at the Academy features an 18,000 sq. ft. education center complete with 7 classrooms, a full teaching kitchen, and multi-purpose training / education space, as well as grounds that include 3 baseball/softball diamonds and a teaching garden. The culture at the Academy is grounded in the positive values of sports – instilling a love of physical activity as well as the qualities of determination, resiliency, teamwork and goal setting in the young Scholar-Athletes being serve. Committed coaches trained in positive coaching methodology – as well as the one-on-one involvement of academic tutors and mentors -- combine to support youth in developing the skills necessary to overcome the challenges of poverty, reach their full academic potential, and lead long and healthy lives.
About Toyota Financial Services
We at Toyota Financial Services understand firsthand the importance of making sound financial decisions and the value of having good credit. We believe that companies should take a stand and help to provide support and resources for pressing social issues like the need for financial education—but we can’t do it alone. With great partners like Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, Junior Achievement USA, AFSA Education Foundation, and Jump$tart, we are committed to sharing our financial expertise, our philanthropic donations, and our volunteer efforts in ways that benefit the community.
TFS is the finance and insurance brand for Toyota in the United States, offering retail auto financing and leasing through Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) and Toyota Lease Trust, and extended service contracts through Toyota Motor Insurance Services (TMIS). TFS currently employs over 3,000 team members nationwide, and has assets totaling over $106 billion.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (http://www.GreatFutures.org
) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook