**FILE** Chad Cordero (Scott Ableman, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)
**FILE** Chad Cordero (Scott Ableman, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Chad Cordero, the Washington Nationals career saves leader, has joined the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy as a full-time HUSTLE baseball and Nationals Nike RBI coach.

In this role, Cordero will coach and mentor young scholar athletes through competitive game play to prepare them for the high school level and develop those looking to pursue their careers at the collegiate level and beyond. Celebrating 10 years of community involvement, the Youth Baseball Academy is the signature program of Nationals Philanthropies, the official charitable arms of the Washington Nationals.

“I am so excited to return to Washington, D.C., a truly special place that holds some of my fondest memories both on and off the field,” Cordero said. “It has been my continued mission to make an impact in the community and to grow the game in underserved areas, which Nationals Philanthropies has successfully done now for over a decade. I’m looking forward to coaching the incredible scholar athletes at the Academy and helping elevate their talents to the next level.”

The HUSTLE program uses competitive baseball and softball experiences to promote character development and an active lifestyle — instilling the values of leadership, accountability, teamwork and the pursuit of excellence. The Nationals Nike RBI charter, which the Academy took on earlier this year, provides a summer baseball experience for high school-aged players that includes training, competition, and community service.

To learn more about Nationals Philanthropies and the Youth Baseball Academy programming, go to nats4good.org.

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