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Shaping the Future of Youth

Coach pitch baseball
coach pitch baseball team
8u softball team
youth softball team
girls t-ball team

About Us

Down the Middle Foundation was formed out of the passion Darnell Lee, Jr. has for his community and for children in general. In 2009, he launched out to serve his community and bridge the gap in hunger through the Lending a Hand Community Initiative.

While working in recreation management in Leesburg, VA, he continued to develop his passion to teach and mentor youth. When returning to the Franklin/Southampton area and becoming the Franklin High School Baseball coach, he began to see the lack in baseball and softball skills within the city. Since 2009, Mr. Lee and his staff of volunteers and Board of Directors, have reached over 100 baseball players through camps and clinics.

Our Mission

 The mission of DTMF is to support the character development and athletic skills of youth through community service, mentorship, team building, and sports education.

youth team building

Our Programs

Empowering Children to Be a Better Version of Themselves


Youth Sports Camps


Youth Mentorship



Here’s What’s Going on

At Down the Middle Foundation, we have been involved with our ever growing community, and are happy to share our achievements with you. For many years, we have been making a difference in the lives of youth in the Franklin Southampton County area, and we take pride in everything we do. Read all about our latest updates, and get involved today!

Hometown Choice Awards

We did it!

Our Founder Darnell Lee, Jr. was recognized as 

"Best Local Hero" in the "Around Town" category & Won!

Congratulations Bud!

This year Down The Middle Foundation was recognized in the Hometown Choice Awards as one of the

"Best Community Service Organizations" in the "Best Overall" category & was a finalist!

Let's keep up the good work!

Spring sports Registration

Spring Sports Registration

We offer a variety of programs and events for kids of all ages, as well as camps and leagues throughout the year. Our spring ball registration is now open with a deadline of February 4, 2024 at 12pm. We look forward to seeing you at the field

Benefit Dinner

Home-Run for Community Impact 
Benefit Dinner

Join us for an evening of purpose and impact at the Down the Middle Foundation Benefit Dinner!

Indulge in a delightful dinner, connect with like-minded individuals, and support a cause close to our hearts. Your presence can make a difference! Let's come together for an inspiring night of compassion and change. Reserve your seat by getting a ticket and be a part of something meaningful!

Our Events

  • Home-Run for Community Impact Benefit Dinner
    Home-Run for Community Impact Benefit Dinner
    Sat, Jan 27
    PDCCC Workforce Center
    Jan 27, 2024, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    PDCCC Workforce Center, 100 N College Dr, Franklin, VA 23851, USA
    Jan 27, 2024, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    PDCCC Workforce Center, 100 N College Dr, Franklin, VA 23851, USA
    Silent Auction Raffle Prizes Giveaways & Great Food!
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