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<p>The Boston Astros work with many groups and organizations to support its inner-city baseball teams, including the Boston Red Sox. Boston Astros players and coaches are shown during a visit to Fenway Park. </p>

The Boston Astros work with many groups and organizations to support its inner-city baseball teams, including the Boston Red Sox. Boston Astros players and coaches are shown during a visit to Fenway Park.

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Swinging for the fences: ‘The Base’ uses sports to push student athletes to excellence on the field and in the classroom

Robert Lewis Jr., founder of the Boston Astros baseball program, believes in the power of sports to help boys succeed not just on the field, but in life. He has recently launched The Base, a nonprofit organization that pairs baseball training with educational support.