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
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 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
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.
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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