Launched in partnership with the nonprofit Learn Fresh, MLB Players STEM League is a baseball-inspired program for middle-school age youth. This combination board game and curriculum brings to life the energy of the sport while cultivating students’ math and social-emotional skills.
It is a FREE resource for youth-development organizations and schools of all types, helping thousands of young people build new skills, confidence, and a passion for learning through a fun and engaging program rooted in sport.
Students must "think on their feet" as they:
Draft their baseball teams
Analyze Player statistics to strategically lead their team
Collaborate with a peer to compete in a classroom league
Player cards include home country and state in their bios further connecting local youth to their hometown heroes.
Tournaments and Events
2023 STEM League Global Championship
All Star Week | July 2023 | Seattle, WA
24 middle school students hailing from Hawaii, California, Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey, Florida, Belize, Puerto Rico, and the host state of Washington came together for a once in a lifetime experience in the Emerald City. The students were selected out of thousands for their demonstration of sportsmanship, and commitment to growing through this unique educational tool.
This year’s tournament certainly did not disappoint! Teammates were paired up from different states (and in some cases countries and territories) to enjoy an afternoon of competition, culture, and new STEM experiences. It was team Seattle-St. Petersburg taking the title, followed by team Seattle-Bay area as runner ups. These winning pairs received trophies, jerseys, custom championship bats courtesy of Overfly Sports, and even the opportunity to go down on the field during the 2023 Home Run Derby to meet some of this year’s All Stars!
All of the STEM Leaguers this year had a memorable time meeting NASA Astronaut and Seattle native, Anne McClain who shared her journey with NASA and experiences on the International Space Station, while also attending the Home Run Derby competition!
The MLB Players Trust and Learn Fresh are excited to see this program grow, ultimately reaching more students across the United States, Latin America, and soon East Asia.
STEM League at Spring Training
The Trust and several Players joined 60+ educators for a very special opportunity across a multi-day activation in Arizona and Florida during Spring Training. The educators representing Phoenix and Tampa Bay area schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Parks and Rec. centers, were given an opportunity to train on MLB Players STEM League, our youth development tool that supports middle school age math comprehension and social emotional development through a board game and curriculum.
All participating educators will receive the STEM League program for FREE so they may share the resource with their students. In addition to reaching hundreds of youths across the state of Arizona and Florida, the program is expected to impact more than 10,000 underserved students across the country, as well as the Caribbean and Latin America.
The program took place at the MLBPA’s new office in Scottsdale and at the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg. A few star educators also received a behind the scenes look at Spring Training games between the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks in Arizona including a private meet and greet with Austin Slater, Mike Yastrzemski, Heliot Ramos as well as non-roster invitee and Bay area native, Trevor Hildenberger, as well as between the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates in Florida including a private meet and greet with Kyle Schwarber, Alec Bohm, Darick Hall, Edmundo Sosa, Bryson Stott, and Garrett Stubbs.
STEM League Colombia Championship 2022
On November 6 and 7, the Players Trust and our nonprofit partners, Learn Fresh and Project Beisbol, hosted the inaugural MLB Players STEM League Colombia Championship. More than 60 students went head-to-head in competitions in Bogotá and Cúcuta, showing off their math skills and good sportsmanship. Participants also received a special message from Major Leaguers Jose Quintana and Harold Ramirez.
We are thrilled to continue to expand MLB Players STEM League throughout Latin America and offer this program to many more incredible students! Learn Fresh’s Coach Nessah described it best:
“Learning paired with play transcends any language or cultural barriers created by today's world. The students in both Bogotá and Cúcuta were so excited to show off their STEM League skills and knowledge of baseball... and did they! Many walked in with their game faces on, yet didn't hold back on sportsmanship one bit. The amount of gratitude expressed by the students, their parents and coaches was absolutely unmatched.”
July 2022 | Los Angeles, CA
This year, the Players Trust has launched a new program in partnership with the nonprofit, Learn Fresh, called the MLB Players STEM League, an educational board game for middle-school age youth. Inspired by the game of baseball, STEM League brings to life the energy of the sport we love while cultivating the math and social-emotional skills of young students.
To officially kick off the program, 24 students from across the country competed in the inaugural STEM League All-Star Championship in Los Angeles on July 17, 2022. Teams went head-to-head in a single-elimination tournament and competed for the title of the first-ever All-Star Champions. The winners were invited to the Home Run Derby for a one-of-a-kind experience courtesy of Nolan Arenado.
To learn more about the STEM League All-Star Championship:
Caribbean Tournament of Champions
On July 8, students representing 8 Caribbean nations participated in the first-ever STEM League Caribbean Tournament of Champions in Nassau, Bahamas. The tournament took place as a special event within the Babe Ruth Caribbean Championships at the Bahamas National Stadium.
To kick off the event, Jeffrey Hammonds spoke to the group about the importance of discipline, hard work, and teamwork. The teams then went head-to-head in a thrilling competition. The winning team received a trophy and a custom Players Trust jersey…and bragging rights as the first Caribbean Tournament champs!
To learn more about the STEM League Caribbean Tournament:
About Learn Fresh
Learn Fresh is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to scaling innovative STEM learning experiences that empower educators and inspire students. Through community, play, and rigorous exploration, their programs leverage students’ passion for sports and entertainment to inspire their STEM and social-emotional learning. To date, they’ve engaged over 6,000 educators and 500,000 students through experiences with 31 professional sports teams and leagues.