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Team Photo - Williamsport August 2012

Uganda Little League Baseball

Developing Little League Baseball throughout Uganda

Serving over 15,000 children sharing about 1000 gloves, we could use your help, join us.

Supported by 303 Development Foundation Corp.

Entire First Class First time Students use tablets
   

Allen V R Stanley Secondary School of Math and Science for the Athletically Talented

 

International School Started January 28, 2013 for 50 students at Little League Complex. 

This is the most unique school in the world with students from all over Uganda.

 Read about how it is being run by Clicking here     

 

AVRS Secondary School facilities:

Two dorms that can hold 150 students each in eight rooms. One for boys and one for girls.
Facilities for housing teaching staff and other staff on site.
Classroom block consisting for 8 classrooms where one is set up as a video room for 100 students.
Administration building housing offices, board room, nurse's living quarters and infirmary, and a large laboratory with bench locations for 56 students.
Guest house for visitors with 6 bedrooms, 3 toilets with showers, dining room and fully equipped kitchen, and large lounge with large screen TV for meetings.

 

Acting / Film Program at AVRS:

Filmanthropy is an initiative launched by New York City based filmmaker Jennifer Azano, created with the purpose of helping aspiring filmmakers of developing countries receive funding for their film projects, as well as guidance, support and training to assist with developing their careers.

Ms. Azano strongly believes that film is a powerful medium for communication, self-expression and inspiring dialogue that should not be limited to only those of wealthy nations. She is committed to giving young people throughout the globe opportunities to share their stories, ideas, and have their voices heard.

As part of this initiative, Ms. Azano has developed an Acting/Film Program at the AVRS Secondary School in Uganda, introducing to the 200+ students there the art of storytelling. This innovative program is virtually the first of its kind in the country, the course covering film history, acting/improvisation, screenwriting, film production, editing and film analysis. The program is built to introduce students to the creative arts, allowing them to express their creative sides, build confidence, share their ideas, and be given useful social and communicative tools that will help them in the future.

Ms. Azano will be joining AVRS in January 2017, volunteering to run the program on a full-time basis. For more information and ways to support, please Click here to go to our Filmanthropy page

Note: You can support this film school program by donating to 303 Development Foundation Corp, a 501c3 tax deductible, not for profit supporting the Uganda Little League program. Send the check to 303 Development Foundation Corp at 366 Ardsley Street, Staten Island, N.Y. 10306

Sports facilities:

Currently 5 baseball, softball and soccer fields.
Two full size basketball courts
Three volley ball courts

To come:

Indoor arena for basketball, volley ball, badminton, wrestling, theater productions. -- Ready in 2016
Eight lane, 25 meter swimming pool for meets.                                                           -- Ready in 2017
Eight lane, 400 meter running track with soccer field.                                               -- Ready in 2017

Agriculture Program:

10 dairy cows currently, expecting to expand to 20.
Gardens planted by biology students
Fields for other crops
Matokie plantation on site
Fish Hatchery

 

* Click Here to make a Tax Deductible Donation to 303 Development Foundation Corp.

Read Jay Shapiro's Blog on filming baseball in Uganda at http://myquaintandquietlife.tumblr.com

 


 

March, 2017

 
As most people are aware, the National Championship for the S1-S2 program was held at the school on January 9 thru 13. We also ran our coaches tournament at the same time and beyond. The coaches were there from the early morning of January 9 thru January 20. We had the help of three long time assistants who help run the coaches clinic and coordinate the umpiring for the tournament. Two come from Canada and one from the U.S. It ran very well, including the end of clinic party that was held on Thursday evening, January 19, followed by the championship game between the two top coaches teams on Friday morning. We had our usual sixty coaches for the coaches clinic.


The championship tournament had eight teams. Several other teams were eliminated via regional tournaments. It was a double elimination tournament, but everyone played each of the four days regardless of their records. Two games were held at 10 in the morning and two at 2 in the afternoon. There were probably 5 very competitive teams at the tournament and three teams that were somewhat weaker. The top team was Luwero. They went through the tournament undefeated, but the games they played against AVRS and Lugazi were highly competitive in which anyone could have won. Since they played AVRS on Tuesday, that meant AVRS had to come our of the losers bracket by beating Lira on Wednesday and then Beating Soroti on Thursday morning and then beating Lugazi on Thursday afternoon. AVRS lost the afternoon game to Lugazi in the bottom of the eighth inning when they scored to break the tie. On Friday morning, Luwero broke a tie in the bottom of the next to last inning to walk away with the trophy supplied by the Uganda Sport Commissioner.


The tournament used pitch counts for all games. We allowed a strict limit of no more than 30 pitches, that person could pitch every day, 55 pitches required one days rest. 70 pitches required two days rest and or less required 3 days rest. 100 pitches and you were done for the day and for the next four days as a pitcher. It was strictly enforced during the entire tournament.


It was agreed by all the coaches present to work on expanding the program to the next level of S3-S4 students. Thus, next year we planning on hosting two National Championship tournaments. A committee of coaches was formed to set up some rules for these tournaments, especially regarding eligibility regarding age. In Uganda, even though you go to a government school, if you do not have money for books, uniform and some lunch money, you do not go to school until you have the money to pick up at the level you missed. Thus, it is possible to have a 17 or 18 year old in S1 where most students are 12 or 13. Thus the need for some kind of agreement. No one wants 17 or 18 year olds playing with 12 or 13 year olds.


Future:

 

Good and Bad. First the good. The AVRS school has been invited to send a team of our older players to come to the U.S. late July to early August. This will allow the team to play as part of Major League Baseball's RBI program in Cincinnati and also in the Black Sox Foundation program in Toms River New Jersey. We will bring 12 to 15 players with two or three coaches. We must arrive in Cincinnati by the evening of July 30. On the following three days, we will be expecting to play five games against other RBI teams competing in the RBI Championship Tournament. We will also have the opportunity to see a Cincinnati Major League Game during the evenings. On Thursday, we will travel to New Jersey where we will expect to be playing two games a day for seven days starting on the Saturday and going through to the following Friday, August 11. That weekend, we may be playing other RBI teams from Newark NJ and/or Philadelphia, possibly in the Trenton Thunder home Stadium. Those last two days are yet to worked out. The team will travel back to Uganda starting on the afternoon of August 14. We hope that these players will be seen by many college coaches and may be offered college scholarships to play at U.S. colleges. The players will have with them their SAT scores from the exams that they have taken earlier this year. Once again, or goal was to get at least half athletic and half academic to make a whole scholarship. If we get one, our past efforts will have been well worth it. If we get three and four scholarship offers, all I can say is "WOW"


During this trip, the young lady who is teaching film making and performing arts at the AVRS school will be traveling with the team with the goal of making a television documentary movie of the entire trip. That would make this trip very significant.


The bad part of what has happened in Uganda is the opportunity that I believe is being missed by the Uganda Baseball and Softball Federation (UBSA). There is an international girls under 19 softball tournament being held the last week of July in Clearwater, Florida. It required a $3000 deposit to be sent to them by February 28. AVRS girls softball team, even though they are no older than 14 and 15 years old, has beaten every softball team, regardless of age, who have been willing to play them over the past 2 years. They are without a doubt the best. If Uganda was to be represented in this program, they would have to represent Uganda and thus have the okay of UBSA. AVRS, since any Uganda softball team would be composed of mostly, if not all of the girls from the school, offered to pay all the expenses to get to this tournament and back. The cost of visas, airfare and hotels and meals was expected to exceed $30,000. The problem came about when UBSA decided that the AVRS female coaches could not go as part of the team and UBSA insisted to put in a male coach and two other strangers to coach this team. AVRS absolutely refuses to allow a Ugandan male coach to travel with these girls. None of these UBSA coaches ever had a team that won any competitive games in their life. The AVRS female coaches took the team when age 13 to win the Little League Regional Tournament in Poland in 2015 and also to the World Series in Portland, Oregon, where they became the only team from Europe or Africa to ever beat a US regional champion. They are the best softball coaches in Uganda and know all the girls and their ability. Thus trying to force coaches, especially a male coach who has never met the AVRS girls to suddenly become their coach is ridiculous. AVRS's offer to pay for the entire trip was thus rescinded, and thus, Uganda will probably not be represented at this July tournament. The major loses in this are the AVRS girl softball players as they will not have the chance to be seen by college coaches via this tournament.


We are now looking to bring this girls team to the U.S. to get them seen by college coaches. They would be eligible for college scholarships just as the boys are as they have also taken the SAT exam this year. If anyone can put together a program where we could play a tournament on one three day weekend and then the following weekend in the U.S., please let us know via this web site. It is only worth it if the girls can spend a full week playing games to come to the U.S. Not playing on a Monday thru Thursday may not be ideal, but if that is the only way to get seen by college coaches, then we would be willing to do it.

 


 

The Trenton Thunder supplied the hats and shirts that the team wore in Poland.  The Trenton team was rooting for them to win so that they could come to the U.S. and visit the Trenton stadium and be introduced to the media and the crowd at a Trenton Thunder ball game.   Uganda would have been the first African Little League team to make it to the Little League World Series in its almost 80 year history.
 

 


 

 

 

 

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