In Uganda, the Little League program is part of the International School, a unique school that links academics and sports. Children who attend the International School receive a quality education with special emphasis on math and science while also participating in a broad range of sports, including baseball. However, baseball equipment is not available for purchase in Africa, which requires the International School to be creative to support their baseball dreams.
Pitch In For Baseball and Uganda Little League have been partnering since 2009 to get equipment to the International School. Over the past three years, we have shipped more than 10,000 pieces of equipment (both new and used), totaling an estimated $160,000 value.
In late January 2015, the Uganda Little League received nearly $10,000 worth of equipment, which supported 6 new teams. This month, Uganda Little League will begin their 2014 Little League World Series journey with the Uganda National Tournaments, which will determine the Uganda representatives for the Europe/Africa Little League Regional Tournaments held in Kutno, Poland. The winners from there will then be the representatives for the Little League World Series.
Pitch In For Baseball makes one very large donation to Uganda Little League each year. We not only provide the majority of the equipment (both new and used) but also serve as a central entity for accepting donations earmarked for Uganda from other businesses, individuals and communities.
Thank you for helping to grow youth baseball in Uganda!
In Uganda, the Little League Program is part of the International School, a unique school that links academics and sports. Children who attend the International School receive a quality education with special emphasis on math and science while also participating in a broad range of sports, including baseball. Pitch In For Baseball and the Uganda Little League began partnering more than 5 years ago as a way to overcome the hurdles of obtaining baseball equipment at low costs and getting it there, as the cost for shipping to this region is exorbitant. The School has commented on several occasions that without this partnership, baseball in Uganda would have ceased to exist years ago.
Pitch In For Baseball is the school’s official equipment provider. Over the past three years alone, we have shipped more than 10,000 pieces of equipment (both new and used), totaling an estimated $160,000 value.
In December 2013, we sent the most recent shipment, which included nearly $10,000 worth of equipment.
Funds raised on GlobalGiving helps to cover the costs for Pitch In For Baseball to provide these donations on an ongoing basis. Our Uganda Little League donation is our single largest project each year. Last year, in one shipment, we sent more than 20 pallets of equipment; our second largest is one pallet. Our donations are a combination of new and used equipment, some of which we purchase specifically for this project at rates we’ve negotiated with baseball manufacturers that are well below wholesale.
The donations via GlobalGiving are truly helping to grow youth baseball in Uganda.
Attached are some photos of the school and its baseball facilities.
Over the past year the Uganda Little League built on the success they had from last year's Little League World Series. With the help from Pitch In For Baseball more children have gained access to baseball and softball. Unlike the United States, many of the leagues in Uganda are actually school based. This requires children to relocate to the school and live in the dormitories. This past year the Allen V R Stanley Secondary School team in Nakiribie was formed and their team won their qualifier to play in their regional championship. Because the team had five players from a neighboring town the team did not meet residency requirements to qualify for the World Series. This was a small set back for the little league's goal of reaching the Little League World Series for a second time. However, the team continues to practice and get better and have learned from this restriction.
The container full of equipment made it through customs and arrived to the fields in Uganda. This is an exciting moment for both Pitch In For Baseball and the Uganda Little League. Children all throughout Uganda will be given the opportunity to play baseball thanks to all the donations we received. Even though the container packed with over 6,000 pieces of equipment arrived, our help is ongoing to the kids in Uganda. The Uganda Little League hopes to continue their success in Little League World Series qualifiers and make it back to the World Series in Williamsport again this year. We plan to support the Uganda Little League with equipment and continue to grow the sport of baseball in the country for many years to come.
After a few months at sea, the container of equipment Pitch In For Baseball donated to Uganda Little League has arrived. The gear and uniforms should clear customs within a few days and we should be able to share some great pictures in the near future. This donation which contains 20 pallets of bats, batting helmets, baseballs, softballs, uniform sets, uniform pants, cleats, gloves and catcher's gear is our largest donation to date.
The growth of youth baseball and softball in Uganda is a source of great pride for us at Pitch In For Baseball. The kids there have a genuine passion for the game which is unrivaled by most players.
Thanks again for all of your support. This donation couldn't have happened without your generosity!
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