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One in a Million: Learning About Life Through Baseball

ExpandED Schools

We’re reaching our 1 millionth student this school year! This blog is part of a series where we journey throughout our expanded learning schools network and get to know some of our students. Meet Ryan, a 7th grader in the Bronx. He’s 1 in a million! Ryan

“In Sports and Wellness class, we watch videos of professional players to learn about our own positions. The Yankees are my favorite team because we live in New York and Alexander Rodriguez is my favorite player. The position I play is catcher. I like it because I’m good at visualizing things. I like to watch the batter and check his stance so I can tell the pitcher how to pitch a certain way to him. I like that we get to experience being in games.

Baseball teaches me things about life – how to have faith in my community, how to trust, leadership. I’m the assistant captain.

The wellness part of this class has six dimensions. Social (the team), environmental (being outside in nature and feeling happy), spiritual (how you think about things, like a “moral compass”), intellectual (physics of game), physical (You’re working out. It helps you take care of yourself and be healthy.), emotional (how you carry yourself around, not letting people bring you down, controlling your feelings). I’ve learned coping mechanisms – taking deep breaths, counting to ten, taking a walk around, and blocking everyone out. But only blocking people out for a short second.” 



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