When the Twins opened up their new Dominican academy, the hope was it would help them in recruiting your players. But it is more than that. Players are able to work on their baseball skills, but after practices, they can go to a classroom and take classes. It used to be that they could take some English classes. But last week, seven players graduated with their high school equivalency diplomas.
Derek Falvey first mentioned this at the media luncheon at Target Field previous to Twins Fest.
Alex Banks, Jim Caceres, Wilfri Castro, Jesús Feliz, José Guevara, Nelson Roberto and Nomar Urdaneta make up the organization’s first graduating class.
Betsy Helfand wrote about it here:
The Twins, like many other major league teams, partner with CENAPEC, which works with the Dominican Republic’s education ministry to bring players through the high school equivalency program.
In addition to English, Amanda Daley, the Twins’ Senior Manager for International Administration and Education, said players also take a Spanish language class, a social science class, a natural science and a math class.They also learn computer skills and life skills, which can range from dental hygiene to sexual and reproductive health classes to money management and safe driving instruction.
Every team has some kind of learning initiative, but not every team has a high school equivalency program.