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


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



January, 2017

The start of what may turn out to be a very special year brings a number of significant events in Uganda and at the AVRS Secondary School. As most people already know, we will once again run our two week coach's clinic starting on January 8. Once again, we expect to host only the 60 or so invited baseball and softball coaches to attend. Others will be turned away. What is different about this year clinic is that it will host a double elimination tournament for 8 secondary school all star teams from all over Uganda. The teams will be made up of S1-S2 students who actually are attending their school and will be playing for the Ugandan Sports Commissioner's Trophy. This is the very first tournament of this kind and we are expecting it to rapidly expand in future years. Next year, the plans are for the tournament is add a program for S3-S4 students and we will host next January two National Tournaments. While only eight schools will be coming to the National Championship Tournaments, we expect many schools to begin competing for the title, but they will eventually have to qualify for the National Tournaments by going to and winning regional tournaments. That is the future. Will we get there? We will find out as the years go by.
What is also in the future is what happens to the secondary school girls. We expect to work on their National Tournaments during the year so that we host girls National Championship tournaments each year in the future.

All of this is being done to expand baseball and softball programs to all parts of the country with the goal of producing many very good ball players by the year 2020 to make up a Ugandan Olympic Baseball team and a girls Softball team. The ultimate is to make it to the Tokyo Olympic games of 2020. Is it realistic? Yes. Currently, I believe that the young players of Uganda, meaning those just turning age 16 are some of the best young players in Africa. They are growing and playing which is something that was not being done before. The various programs are beginning to understand that we need to develop young pitchers, hitters and fielders and the only way this is going to happen is by playing many competitive games. Based upon the young players that we are now sending to the MLB South Africa elite camp program, more of those better players are in Uganda than any where else, and Major League Baseball is realizing that. We just need to keep growing and through the Uganda Sports Commissioner's program, many more are going to be developed as the programs expand.

The major plan for this year at the AVRS school is to bring the older boys to the U.S. during the first week of August. We do know that we will bring the team to play about 12 or so games during 7 days in Toms River N.J. They will be playing among the best young U.S. players as a show case for College Coaches who hopefully will consider offering them baseball scholarships to play on their teams at their respective colleges. They are not going to offer any scholarships unless the coaches think they can help their teams win. Will they be good enough? We definitely think some will be, but hopefully all will be. If a couple of players do wind up in getting scholarships as a result of that visit, thousands of students will come out to play on school teams in Uganda. The importance of this trip cannot be appreciated unless you really know what happens in Uganda. In preparation, all our current S4 students are registered to take the SAT exam this January. Those scores will be traveling with the team that comes to New Jersey.

As everyone is aware, Uganda has basically been banned from participating in the Little League Regional Tournament that they would need to play in if they wanted to get to the respective World Series. At least the AVRS school is because we are too good supposedly and would constantly knock European teams from the World Series. Little League cannot afford for that to happen. As far as we are concerned, we will live with that by sending the boys directly to the U.S. for this August show case. The problem is what that does to the girls. We are thus looking for a program where the girls can come to the U.S. directly and compete so college coaches can see them play and possibly result in college scholarships for them. To come 8,000 miles for three days is hard to justify. We would love to come for at least 7 to 10 days of play. We would have no problem playing 3 or 4 games per day and we would have no problem playing one weekend followed by another tournament within a day or two of the first one. If anyone can help us with that, it would be greatly appreciated. Once again, they would all have their SAT scores with them, but would be looking for full scholarships for athletics, or for half athletics and half academic.

To help with our senior players, we are now instituting a film making program at the school. One of the side benefits of this program is the ability to film our students during our games at the school. We are trying to set up a program where we will be able to put clips of our players on the Internet and have athletic coaches at the colleges see them in action via these clips. This is what has been going on in recruiting athletes for a number of years, and it is time for us to try doing it also. We intend to do this in baseball, softball, soccer and running to start. We will eventually expand as our playing ability increases in volley ball, basketball and possibly other sports.
One of our friends of the girls team that went to the Little League World Series in Portland, Oregon in 2015 got married awhile back. It seems her husband works for a company that matches donations made to legally organized charities. While 303 Development Foundation Corp has been legally organized and compliant with all the laws since 2007, we are now officially registered with an organization that coordinates companies that match donations with charities registered with them. As of early December, 303 Development is now registered. If anyone knows of anyone working for a company that matches charitable donations, please let them know about us and hopefully they will support us in what we are doing.

On January 23, the AVRS school starts is fifth year of existence. This year sees the opening of the new arena for basketball, volley ball, badminton, performing arts, the start of a band program and a very large enclosed area for all kinds of events. The building obviously has a full stage for plays, dance, music concerts, and other activities. But what is also interesting is that it is expected to be the home for the Ugandan National Basketball team. The building has offices, a VIP box, and has two full size basketball courts. It is now known as the Pavilion. We will get pictures of the total finished building and of the ribbon cutting when it takes place in March.



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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