In 2011, players in the Uganda Little League were crushed when they couldn't travel to Williamsport, PA for the Little League World Series due to difficulties obtaining visas. 2012 brings glimmers of hope that baseball in Uganda will thrive in the near future.
Here are some exciting updates about the growth of baseball in Uganda:
The annual Uganda Little League National tournaments are currently underway. We will certainly be keeping our eye on Uganda's journey - perhaps this will be the year they can make it to Williamsport?
The Peace Corps is making plans to give more kids in Uganda the opportunity to play baseball by promoting sports in schools. The organization hopes to train teachers to run baseball programs at secondary schools, which should certainly plant seeds for more kids playing baseball and softball across the country. For more information, visit the Uganda Little League website.
Filmmaker Jay Shapiro announced on his blog that his film about baseball in Uganda, "Opposite Field," will be released this year. He also hinted that there has been interest from a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic to bring a few promising Ugandan baseball players to play there, with the goal of developing them for the minor leagues. The prospect of a Ugandan playing in the minors (and eventually maybe even the majors) is certainly exciting.
Of course, baseball and softball players in Uganda rely on continued support to play. We are appreciative to those who have supported this mission so far. Our work is far from complete, though - we want to continue to spread the passion for baseball across Uganda.