Uganda Little League Baseball

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

New AVRS Pavilion under construction - 1000 seat Arena with VIP Seating

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

 


 

September, 2017

 

We have had a very interesting two months with a number of significant things happening. In July, 2017 we had the opportunity to meet with people at the Pennington School. A very highly rated primary and secondary boarding school. We met with the dean, who is also the coach of the currently rated top high school soccer team in the country. As a result of those discussions, we may be able to place a student, or two, or possibly more at the school at no cost to the student. The school is doing this now for a number of students from foreign countries and would like to include Uganda. Naturally, they are only interested in top students who are tops in academics and good athletes. They are interested in both boys and girls. Their goal is after a year or two, they can place these students at good colleges on full scholarships while bringing diversity to the school. We think this can become reality starting with the September, 2018 class. A similar program may start at a private school in near by Pennsylvania. This is not a boarding school, but housing would be taken care of at a near by home for a couple of boys and possibly a couple of girls. Once again, they want top students who are also good athletes. There goal is the same. Have winning teams that can feed the student/athletes into good colleges and universities on full scholarships. Once again, the plan is to start in September 2018. As a result of these two possible programs, a person will be coming in March to evaluate our education program and meet the potential student/athletes so that they can be placed into the proper education cycle when they come to the U.S. at these schools.


July 30, 2017:

 

14 baseball players and two coaches landed in Philadelphia to start a 10 hour bus ride to Cincinnati, Ohio where they would be a special invited team to play baseball for several days at the invitation of Major League RBI program. The team played two games on July 31, two on August 1 and two more on August 2. We played against teams of boys about to be seniors in high school or who had just graduated. No one knew how we would compare to the six teams we played against. We soon found out, as no game was close as the Uganda boys dominated in every way. In fielding, hitting, running and pitching. In the six games, I believe the total runs given up by the 12 pitchers we used was 3 runs while we scored at least 60 or more. The RBI people realized that they needed to get better teams to play against us. The boys had a great introduction to playing in the U.S. They stayed at a top hotel and had buffet breakfasts, lunch and dinners at every meal. Eat and drink as much as you want of what ever you want at each meal. A great experience of what professional ball players go through in regard to long bus rides and playing many games.


The next team we played against involved with the RBI program was on August 12 where we played against the senior RBI team for Philadelphia, which was supposed to be more competitive. Originally scheduled for nine innings regardless of the score, the game ended after seven with Uganda ahead at 16-2. At the request of a Baltimore Orioles scout who had come to see the boys play, we used a new pitcher each inning. A Philadelphia Phillies area scout put the players through a couple of timed drills prior to the game and was very impressed. None of our players were older than 16, What does Major League Baseball do with us now is very much up in the air. We hope that next year we will be able to participate in the actual RBI tournaments for boys 18 and under, 15 and under and for girls 18 and under. The only thing we know at this time is that Major League Baseball wants to bring the boys back again next year, and also the girls. What they do next year we will soon find out.


August 4, 2017:

 

The boys traveled to the Pennington school for a soccer showcase. Remember, this is the top rated soccer program in the U.S. at this moment. The coach put them through some drills and then split them up and added a player of his own to play a soccer game, which was being videoed which would eventually be sent to some college soccer coaches. Who knows, I am sure a soccer or baseball scholarship that gives the players a chance to play at a high level and an education at the same time is of equal value. The American football coach at the school was also present. Upon being told that the boys had not seen an American football game, he brought out a football and ran the boys through a couple of drills. After seeing them in the drills, he wished he good have a couple of the boys on his team now. He also gave a brand new football to a player he thought would help him win a championship this year if he played American football instead of soccer. After the show case, the players went to a minor league baseball game at the Trenton Thunder. Prior to the game Reggie Jackson, a roaming coach for the New York Yankees, and a baseball hall of fame player, came over and spoke to each of the players, one at a time. Many pictures were taken of this.


August 6, 2017:

 

The team began playing games in Toms River where they were housed by local families. Once again, they demonstrated their superior baseball talents in two games on Sunday, rained out on Monday, played a game on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. At the same time, the families were taking them all over south Jersey, including the famous Jersey Shore and the Atlantic Ocean. They all had a wonderful time and the families that hosted many of them are inviting them to come back for Christmas and again next year.


Upon their return to Uganda, the Uganda Federation for Baseball and Softball was running tournaments in baseball and softball for secondary schools at a location east of Jinja. The program was supposed to run from August 26 thru August 31. The AVRS school swept all the games by lopsided scores. One was 26-0. The tournament ended on August 29 with AVRS taking home both the baseball and softball trophies.

 

Our concern before we went to these tournaments was that they would be a waste of time and money. Our fears came true. The good secondary schools from the north of the country that are part of the Uganda Commissioner's Secondary program, to the best of my knowledge, did not come as the costs to participate in travel expense and food were too high, It is unfortunate that the Federation seems unable to run any competitive programs that develop baseball and softball in Uganda. The future of baseball and softball is through the secondary school program in the Commissioner's program which we will continue to support and we hope all others will join in supporting. The Federation fails to encourage people to play many competitive games. They do a lot of talk and bring a lot of training programs to supposedly train coaches and players, but fail to get people to play the games. The expenses that allows trainers from outside the country to come and run training programs in Uganda turns out to be a waste of money since no one follows up to find out if anyone plays on a regular bases.
 


 

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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