Alumni

Ladue School District Alumnus Teaching Baseball in Israel

Josh Scharff poses for a photo.

Check out what one of Ladue School District’s alumni is up to: Josh Scharff is in Israel teaching baseball to the young people living there, and he’s loving it.

Scharff, 25, a 2009 graduate, is the first participant in the pilot program for the Masa Israel Sport Initiative’s Baseball program, which was launched by The Jewish Agency for Israel. The online publication The Times of Israel wrote a piece on Scharff’s adventure.

“It’s a great honor to give something back to Israel, make a positive impact and bring something that taught me so many amazing life lessons — baseball — to a lot of people here,” Scharff told The Times of Israel. “It’s a really cool cross-cultural connection.”

Josh played for Ladue as a first baseman and pitcher. He set the school record for most walks in a season at 26 in 2008. That record still stands today. He went on to play for Yale, where he hit .284 with a homer and 11 RBIs in his best season.

To read more about Scharff’s experience in Israel, check out the article!