The El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association (BYAA) announced a milestone achievement by its own Community Coordinator and BASE Play RBI Coach, Veronica Larquier of Clint.
First volunteering for the baseball coaching program because it represented a supportive structure after school for her son, Larquier of Clint has now invested more than four years in Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) programs with BYAA.
“BASE Play RBI Coach Veronica Larquier is a vibrant and committed parent, coach and mentor,” says El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association President, Founder and El Paso Baseball Hall of Famer, Dwayne Aboud, MD. “She embodies and promotes everything that BYAA and BASE Play RBI represent – greater inclusion among people of color into the mainstream of sports and emulating the characteristics of good citizenship. In this way, she is a tireless champion of El Paso and Dona Ańa counties’ most economically distressed communities.”
One season as a volunteer in 2015 led to a coaching position with BYAA. Over the years, she swiftly moved up from volunteer to a baseball coach; from a coach to a mentor; and then to becoming the organization’s Community Coordinator.
On Saturday, October 26, 2019 – before Game 4 of the 2019 World Series – she will receive recognition as “Coach of the Year” by the Major League Baseball (MLB) and Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) partnership.
“The Border Youth Athletic Association invites everyone in El Paso and Dońa Ana County to listen or watch the 4th game of the World Series and witness El Paso’s own Border Youth Athletic Association Coach, Veronica Larquier, receive national recognition,” officials shared via an emailed news release.
Border Youth Athletic Association is a serial contributor to Major League Baseball’s youth outreach programs. More than 500 3rd– through 6th– graders participate in BYAA’s year-round community outreach programs.
An additional 600 high school students participate in BYAA’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) El Paso Chihuahuas NeXT summer league.
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a partnering program through Major League Baseball. Locally, the Alliance works with BYAA through its RBI affiliation to provide coach, parent and leadership training opportunities. The partnership works to advance BYAA’s mission in El Paso and Dońa Ana counties to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth.
While learning to play ball, the grade-schoolers are also encouraged to expand academically. Their grades are monitored, mentorship is provided and academic accountability is taught.
BYAA is also in the midst of friend- and fund-raising to sustain its vital community programs. Visit borderyouth.org/donate for more information and to contribute.