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
the most unique school in the world with
students from all over Uganda.
Read about how it is being run by
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
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,
Click here to go to our Filmanthropy page
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
Currently 5 baseball, softball and
Two full size basketball courts
Three volley ball courts
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
10 dairy cows currently, expecting to
expand to 20.
Gardens planted by biology students
Fields for other crops
Matokie plantation on site
Jay Shapiro's Blog on filming baseball in Uganda at
The past two months have been extremely eventful months with many
significant things happening in a number of areas.
November marked the last month of the 2017 school year at the AVRS school We
had received a request from Mr. Chris Kemp of the San Diego Padres asking to
come and see one of our young players that he had seen in the 2015 Little
League World Series. It was agreed that the best time would be the weekend
of November 18 and 19. According to Chris, he was at a program in Florida
where he was told about Uganda's visit to Cincinnati and it was suggested to
him that he might want to see more than one player. Thus he and Trevor
Schumm arrived at the Entebbe airport on the night of November 17 and
watched the boys play four games on Saturday and two more on Sunday morning.
They were impressed enough to express a desire to return in March of 2018.
Late Sunday morning, both Chris and Trevor took part in a meeting with the
Uganda Commissioner of Sports, the Director of the Justice Department, one
of our AVRS coaches, and myself to explain to them what we were doing about
baseball in the secondary schools in Uganda. They were impressed with the
plan and wanted to assist in making it come to fruition. It was agreed that
they would go to their owner and to the International Scouts Organization to
push for financial help in regard to equipment and other means. I would also
approach the people I know in Major League Baseball with the same message to
hopefully organize a ground swell of support.
On to the winter meetings in Orlando Florida in early December. The message
of above were carried to several other teams. One major one was the LA
Dodgers. Their President, Mr. Stan Kasten spent some time with us and
offered to do something based upon what he heard from his people that he
decided to send to Uganda. He is now sending Galen Carr, LA Player
Development, and David Finley to Uganda in January to learn as much as they
can and report back to him with their recommendations. They are now coming
on January 15 for several days to scout the young players that will be
playing in the Uganda National Baseball Championships for the young
secondary school players. This is the program that is run jointly with the
Uganda Sports Commissioner and Uganda Little League Baseball, and now is
beginning to expand rapidly, but we have a problem with getting the needed
equipment into Uganda to allow the schools that want to join the program to
be properly equipped. This is one of the places where we need help.
Prior to our visitors from the LA Dodgers coming, Mr. Bill Bavasi Jr of the
Major League Baseball International Scouting Division is bringing two MLB
international scouts to Uganda. They are expected to arrive on January 13
and stay through January 19, the duration of the National Baseball
Championship Tournament for the younger secondary school players. Once
again, this is a unique opportunity to demonstrate the needs of this program
and the potential the program has to produce talented baseball players in
the near future.
MAJOR NEWS: UGANDA TO PLAY IN THE "RBI" CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS
At the winter meetings in Orlando, Florida, we were informed that Uganda,
the AVRS school, will be a participant in all three RBI tournaments in 2018.
and into the future. The tournaments will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota
during August. In order to get to the August tournaments, we will have to
make it through preliminary tournaments that will be held in Florida during
the latter part of June. The three teams that will be coming are the boys 18
and under, 15 and under, and the girls 18 and under in softball. These
tournaments will basically be only a weekend in duration. The question of
coming 20 hours in the air to play only three days is a problem. We are
working with the RBI people on playing a number of games with other teams
after these tournaments to extend these visits to about 7 to 10 days
duration. Winning here, sends the teams to the finals in August where the
tournaments will last about one week. We fully expect these tournaments will
be observed by most, if not all of the 30 Major League teams looking for
Education program: We have work to do here, but we are making
progress. I was invited to a program that Hillside College was running in
New York City early in November. At this event, I had the opportunity to
speak to their Director of External Relations for Athletics about our
student/athletes at the AVRS school. He was very much interested and I was
invited to come to the college to talk further. That happened on December
19. I brought a lot of data with me from running speeds of players to SAT
scores of our older students. The conclusion, the school would love to have
as many as four of our students each year on full scholarships, including
room and board, but they need to attain a combined score of 1200 on the SAT
exam in English and Math. I was informed that they have been bringing in a
number of Kenyans via a program that is being run in Kenya for
underprivileged females. They do this by working diligently on taking the
SAT exams several times. Something we need to work on very hard. As most
people may know, Hillsdale is one of the better academic schools in the U.S.
They are also a good division II athletic school and want athletically
talented students, where the students of AVRS would fit in. One other
outcome of this visit was a meeting with the Hillsdale track coach. They are
in the process of building a new outdoor track closer to their indoor track
building. Both these tracks will be fit for International meets with
electronic timing. I was shown the equipment we would need and how it is
hooked up to underground cables for meets at the indoor track facility. The
track coach will forward to me a copy of the plans for their new outdoor
track with the requirements for the proper surface in the near future so we
can then build our own track suitable for International Competition.
The last part of the education program involves possibly sending several
students to several secondary schools here for one or two years to work on
sports and SAT exams as fully sponsored students. We were required to
provide the syllabuses for our classes and they were approved. We are
working on trying to get a number of these students accepted into these
schools, once again, because they are excellent athletes that should be
awarded full student/athlete scholarships to good colleges after the one or
two years at these secondary schools. Once again, these schools want to be
competitive in various interscholastic sports, and our students can do that
while the schools prepare them for four years of study in the math and
sciences at good colleges here in the United State.
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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