Making A Difference In The Dominican Republic


The Dominican Republic Sports & Education Academy will holds its third annual“Making A Difference In The Dominican Republic” June 28 at 6 p.m. at the 809 Club, 112 Dyckman Street, New York, NY.

The event will include a special tribute to the Pittsburgh Pirates for the team’s outstanding and sustained commitment to the advancement of Dominicans and the Dominican Republic, particularly in the area of education. The Pirates are the only Major League Baseball team that provides a mandatory education program for its prospects in the Dominican Republic.

“I have personally witnessed the impact the Pirates have had on reforms in Dominican baseball as it relates to education,” said Charles S. Farrell, co-founder of the DRSEA. “The Pirates have set a standard to change the lives of their players and make the Dominican Republic a better place.”

Harold Mendez, co-founder and chairman of the DRSEA Board of Trustees, added, “It is important to the DRSEA to recognize those who truly make a difference in the Dominican Republic, who embrace a philosophy of developing the total player, and with that in mind we are truly honored to pay tribute to the contributions of the Pirates.”

The mission of the DRSEA is to educate young and gifted student athletes in the Dominican Republic, help develop their baseball skills, and give them the tools to success in life on and off the field. Through a rigorous educational component, the DRSEA will prepare young boys to have the opportunity for scholarships at U.S. colleges and universities.

The event will also include a panel discussion by experts on the status of Dominican baseball, For additional information on the event, as well as sponsorship opportunities, go to

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