Celebration of life
Antwuan Roach | 2001 – 2020
In late May, former Youth Baseball Academy participant Antwuan Roach died of a gunshot wound. Though too old to enroll formally in Academy programs when the facility opened, Antwuan was a frequent participant in activities and a constant supporter to his younger siblings who were enrolled. A shy but caring young man, Antwuan had a love of baseball – playing for the Sousa Cobras in middle school and practicing with Gonzaga High School players. He also developed a special relationship with former Nationals Player Ian Desmond, who served as a mentor to Antwuan and ensured he received critical academic support. At the time of his death, Antwuan had just earned his high school diploma and completed a job-training program.
Antwuan was a special member of the extended Nationals family, and we mourn the loss of a precious life cut short. Read more reflections on Antwuan’s passing from our CEO Tal Alter, including details about a new campaign in his memory.