Jun 15, 2021

Summer 2021 Pitch Update

Bodega with kids leading training at The Pitch
Bodega with kids leading training at The Pitch

  

Dear Friends and Supporters,

 

Happy Summer everyone as I’m excited to update everyone on the events and continuing activities here at The Pitch in Sosua!

 

With COVID hopefully abating and restrictions being loosened, how wonderful it was just yesterday to see over 150 young players in gleeful attendance at the local field as both the popularity and real need for this program in this location continues to grow.

 

Not only do we offer free batting cage swings to all area kids aged 5 - 10 years old but also offer “cage time” to women’s softball players and older prospects looking to hone their swing in hopes of becoming professional players.

 

Having already demonstrated its value by producing the 2019 Dominican Little League Championship team, thanks to my trusty assistant “Bodega” Castillo, who continues to faithfully execute on his duties here, this community program holds even more promise for future growth.

 

Further exploration of the youth baseball culture here has presented me with the unique opportunity to travel to different baseball communities around the country.  This has only served to solidify my commitment to this program by witnessing the tangible results it produces firsthand including the widening influence of the new accompanying Cards4Sosua baseball card program.

 

Once the small recurring base monthly expenses of sustaining “The Pitch” can be stabilized I envision expanding this program to offer you and sponsoring contributors the opportunity to come visit here to get an “upfront and up close” experience including arranging for a tour of Little League fields and MLB baseball academies. 

 

Per the attached article we have had some setbacks but this does not deter us from our mission to “serve the undeserved” area youth of Sosua and baseball communities throughout the country delivering our message of developing a “Plan B” to baseball as well as focusing on learning English as a 2nd language.

 

I am consistently striving to gain local business and individual support to maintain this valuable community resource which provides not only actual “activity” but more importantly “hope” as young people struggle to grasp the magnitude and ramifications of the Pandemic.

 

As “The Pitch” program was born in Sosua I believe this is where it should stay. 

Keeping this in mind I have considered moving the cage and machines down to an adjacent larger city, Puerto Plata, with a wider aperture of potential sponsors and supporters however with even a modest level of help this move would not need to occur.

 

It truly takes so little to sustain so much as even a modest commitment and contribution works wonders and goes directly into the hands of Bodega or towards purchasing needed recurring supplies like baseballs. 

 

Please help me to pursue this worthy effort throughout 2021and as always feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or specific requests.

 

Thank you!

 

Hugh Baver

Director of “The Pitch” Maquina de Batear

603-502-7711 on WhatsApp 

Activity at the field
Activity at the field
Promising professional players practicing here
Promising professional players practicing here
Cards4Sosua Giveaway
Cards4Sosua Giveaway

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Jun 4, 2021

Evian III Mid Year Update Report

Hello Friends and Supporters,

I’m pleased to share some exciting and encouraging news in this quarterly report as I continue to track towards reconstituting the Evian III Student Educational Leadership Conference at the Hotel Royal in Evian France in 2021

Per the attached photos from the GM of the Evian Resort the official announcement was just released that the Hotel Royal has again reopened as of last week!

This, with prayerful watch of the pandemic continuing to abate, paves the way for an in person conference this year, again planned for November 9th (Kristallnacht), with the same or similar agenda as was originally envisioned back in 2019. 

Most all of the original Conference Student Ambassadors and delegates representing over 30 countries who have patiently waited to participate in this dynamic educational event/experience in this unique historic backdrop (including new country recruits) are excited to finally see this important and timely program come to fruition. 

Always the most limiting or enabling factor, depending upon the level of financial contributions received, the 2021 event will be either a blended model of on-site Keynote presenters, acclaimed educators, and student leaders representing each continent or combine the complete compliment of everyone on-site together 

With the advent of webcast technology the plan is to broadcast the program “live”. With the continuing escalation of global AntiSemitic incidents the overall merits of convening this Conference and its contemporary relevance could not hold more significance.

As I’m searching for both major event underwriters and individual contributors to make this event a reality please don’t hesitate to contact me directly via email at edb1260@gmail.com or 603-502-7711 on WhatsApp

Feb 16, 2021

Q1 2021 Pitch Batting Cage Project Report

Dear Friends and Pitch Program Supporters,

Welcome to a new year and my first project report of 2021. 

As challenging times associated with the global pandemic persist my primary hope is for your personal health and for the health of your families. 

Despite COVID and always maintaining the safety of the players, coaches, and their families, I continue to remain incredibly impressed with the deeply embedded spirit and love for the game of baseball here in the Dominican Republic.

As the popularity and enthusiasm for The Pitch Batting Cage program here in Sosua grows I am constantly looking for creative ways to enhance this valuable community resource which keeps young players off the streets and away from other negative influences.

Although the overall number of young participants has dropped since the height of participation 1 year ago, typically serving 150 players per week and up to 100 cycling through on Saturdays, we still maintain an active schedule of aspiring young players who enjoy coming to this facility to take their free swings. 

I’m pleased to announce the mid December 2020 launch of “Cards For Sosua”, a new creative baseball card giveaway program working in collaboration with baseball card collectors in the US. 

https://cards4sosua.wordpress.com/

As actual photos and videos best capture the smiles and overall impact of The Pitch please view the attached links.

Despite demonstrating the immense overall value and hope to young players this program provides our sponsorship levels regrettably are diminishing. 

Due to the pandemic which continues to take its toll financially on local businesses and the tourism industry here which is the lifeblood of the Dominican economy, your financial assistance makes a huge difference.

I am still striving to raise the funds to continue repairing the facility with hopes of installing a protective roof as well as commencing education seminars and English as a second language classes.

Please consider making a contribution, in any increment towards maintaining this community program and helping these young aspiring players.

Thank you for all you have already done to keep The Pitch program going!

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally with any questions or personal requests you may have.

 

Sincerely,

 

Hugh Baver

Director of The Pitch Maquina de Batear

New glove for aspiring young girl
New glove for aspiring young girl
Baseball Card Holiday Giveaway
Baseball Card Holiday Giveaway

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