"After the children started the journey of playing baseball, their facial expression and appearance became much more confident," the social worker happily shared.
The Mustard Seed Youth Home did not have any established baseball team until last summer but the level of interest in baseball among teenagers has been growing. It all started with the arrival of a newcomer, Xiaoru, who is a pitcher for the school baseball team.
Xiaoru is a teenager with a quiet personality, most of the time, he remains silent and keeps his head down in the corner. Although he has little interaction with people, during the class break, he will proactively go to the field to practice baseball pitch skills.
Xiaoru’s focused and confident appearance attracted the other youngsters. This triggered their curiosity to learn more about baseball games. Through the participation of several practice sessions, everyone became so interested in devoting further to baseball training that they further discussed with each other about the idea of organizing their own baseball team.
In the beginning, the baseball team has no professional coaching available for them to pursue depth training. As a result, the players could only practice the skills of pitching on their own. Fortunately, after being referred by the community, former professional baseball players who returned to serve in their hometowns joined, and the team began to have systematic and intensive practice sessions, ranging from warm-ups, and batting skills, to physical fitness, defense, and other ability training. Captain Xiaoru said, "The current training courses are as solid as those of the school team, and I have also been exposed to a lot of knowledge and prospects in the field of baseball." Accompanied by the coach, the players also showed their extraordinary athletic talents and even had the goal of pursuing their dreams.