Baseball & Academic Skills Instructional Course (B.A.S.I.C.)–  Reading, STEMS (Science Technology Engineering Math through Sports) and sports programs for under-served children

indgirlsread2BASIC instruction is offered in three formats for under-served students, ages 7 to 14

  • BASIC Summer lasts for one or five weeks, with the objective of preventing summer learning loss among the children most at risk.
  • BASIC after school  reorganizes BASIC summer curriculum into two forty-five minute sessions that engage active participation in the classroom and on the field.
  • BASIC in school treats  children during the school day with a four one hour and forty five minute session of reading and safe baseball/softball activities in a fun environment. Biographies of heroes such as Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente highlight the brief course that challenges students to read more and more often.

Our Lineup Card

Lead Off   Over sixteen years of experience in delivering enrichment programs designed to use sports as a hook for reading enjoyment

jr1PrintTwo Hole Creation of an environment of student cooperation and competition in academics and sports

Best Average Student realization that reading can be fun

Home Run Hitter  Outcome: “I learned to never, never give up!”

RBI Producer   Becoming a contributor for the team

Power Person  Self confidence building through task achievement

Switch Hitter   Realization that new skills can be mastered through repeat application

Second Clean Up  Upgraded feelings of self worth

Designated Hitter  Becoming a life-long reader


Would you like to partner with the ABF for BASIC?    Besides 16 years of implementation in Central Alabama, BASIC has been run in St. Louis, MO, Indianapolis, IN, Lancaster, PA and on a trial basis in Recife, Brazil.  Currently we are supporting sports/academic programs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Iquique, Chile.

Use the ABF’s five tools of collaboration

Curriculum that combines reading, STEMS and sports
Annotated book list
Teacher training
Program Supervision
Potential partners can call:  205-558-4235; abf@asmi.org

Thank You for Making ABF Possible

Academy Sports & Outdoors * Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham * The Daniel Foundation * ESL Department of Jefferson County School System * Better Basics Inc * Birmingham Barons LLC * Dick’s Sporting Goods * Caring Foundation of BCBS of AL * Publix Super Markets Charities * Jugs Inc. * Mizuno USA * Children’s Fresh Air Farms * SAIL Consortium * Touch Point Inc. * Jerome Mileur * Charles T. Campbell Charitable Foundation * Hamburger Heaven * Olive Garden *Chuy’s Mexican Food * Demetri’s BBQ Zoe’s *McDonalds Pinson * Davenport’s Pizza * Donato’s Pizza *Subway Pinson *Hispanic Ministry St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church* Community Education South Birmingham City Schools *SJN McDonalds* Chick Fil A 5 Points * Tecala Companies * Buffalo Wild Wings Trussville * Independent Presbyterian Church Foundation* Hardee’s Pinson * Birmingham Park & Recreation Department* Shades Valley YMCA* CAWACO RC&D Council * Projeto Social Baseball Escolar * Honda Motor Manufacturing of Alabama * Huffman High School * Huffman Youth Sports Association * Vickie Ross * Michael Brown *Minor League Baseball * Tom Scarrit * Garrett Sutton* Steve Folven* Morgan Eiland* Robert Smith* Doug Smith* William Bundrick* Mt. Brook Sporting Goods * Wells Fargo Bank* Alabama Power Foundation * Susan & Wyatt Haskell * Baden Sports