The island of Roatan, Honduras is quickly transitioning into a popular international tourist destination. Along with this development comes challenges like increased cost of living, crime, drug/alcohol abuse and unemployment. 40% of the population is under 14 years old. SOL runs a youth baseball program to provide a safe, positive and healthy alternative for at-risk youth to thrive. Without this program, many children would be more likely to fall into drug and alcohol use and crime.
Through weekly baseball practices, games and clinics this project provides an opportunity for at-risk youth to participate in an organized and structured athletic program. Statistics show that children who participate in organized sports are less likely to use drugs and alcohol or become involved in crime. School attendance is a requirement for children to participate in this program and attendance has increased as a result. This project aims to keep children involved in a healthy past time.
This project provides a stable, positive adult presence in the lives of these at-risk youth. Through regular interaction with the children in the baseball program, SOL International is able to identify and provide assistance for other medical and educational needs. Many of the children in this program have never left the 32-mile-long island where they live. By traveling to other parts of Honduras, SOL hopes to expand these children's horizons and give them exposure to a larger world view.