It has been a long time between updates on this page and so many things have
happened. The school is nearing the end of its second semester as this is
being written. We have had a number of discussions with our head master
about some changes we need to make in how the school runs academically.
Several meetings were held with the teachers in mid May about opportunities
that are available to us that would require changes in how and what we
teach. Everyone is committed to making some changes. The main changes are
how we teach English and the need to work on "Reading Comprehension", and
how we also teach math. The reasons for these changes is to work on
improving our students SAT scores. In addition to the math and English
changes, we are now also instituting classroom work on taking SAT exams.
This will assist us in obtaining U.S. scholarships.
The arena is now mostly complete. The floor, which had held things up for
many months is now installed. The only item left to do is to install the
bleachers. That will be done over the next couple of weeks. The last
question here is "When will the Ribbon Cutting" ceremony take place.
I am told that the head of the Uganda Football Federation finally came to
visit the complex. He was very much surprised by what he saw and duly
impressed. He has now vowed to work with us on binging International Soccer
programs to the school to develop players and other things. We still have a
long way to go with our facilities, but we are getting there.
In June, we have reached formal agreement with a very close neighboring
school for Dentistry and Medical Practices being run by an American Dentist
who is a native of Uganda. This school only opened about three years ago.
They want to use our ball fields to have their student/faculty soccer team
practice on three evenings per week. In addition, it will give their team
and our teams an opportunity to occasionally play friendly, competitive
games against each other. In turn, they will give every student health
examinations, dental exams and treatment free of charge every semester. In
addition, it gives our students an opportunity to learn about and possibly
enroll in this school as a career choice.
In early May, we ran our usual Little League Baseball and Softball
tournaments with eight teams participating in each double elimination
tournament. You could not miss the huge increase in the ability level of all
the teams, especially in the girls program. Each team had windmill pitching
with some speed. I certainly believe that the seventh place team this year
would have been playing for the Championship only one or two years ago. The
AVRS teams did win both tournaments, but many of the games were very
In regard to Little League, a meeting of all the program coaches and
directors were held during the tournament time, and it was agreed that
Uganda Little League would only concentrate on the age 12 and under in
baseball and softball. Each Little League would work with the secondary
schools in their area to feed the Little League graduates into the Secondary
School program being coordinated by Uganda Little League and the
Commissioner of Sports. At the urging of Little League International, we
have chartered all the Uganda Little Leagues that want to follow Little
League Charter rules and organize to participate in Little League
Tournaments. With this in mind, the AVRS school will no longer charter as a
little league as we are not going to be allowed to play in any tournaments
as a chartered member. Thus the school will be a place that runs the Uganda
Tournaments, but does not participate as a chartered Little League in the
In late June, AVRS school sent three teams to Vero Beach Florida. A boys
team of 18 and under, a boys team of 15 and under and a girls softball team
of 18 and under. While the older boys team oldest player was 17 and the
girls oldest player was 16, all played well and demonstrated that our
programs are competitive on an International Level. The 15 and under boys
team won their tournament and will now be playing for the Championship
against 7 other teams from the U.S. starting in the first full week in
August. That tournament will take place in Minneapolis. We were the first
program from a foreign country to participate in this program. Several
scouts were able to see our players and a number were very impressed by the
In mid July, I was invited to Los Angeles to meet with Stan Kasten, his GM,
and several other people involved with scouting for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Based upon earlier discussions and a visit to Uganda by Galen Carr and David
Finley, the Dodgers want to do something to advance Baseball Development in
Uganda. The discussions lasted a couple of hours. The Dodgers recognize the
talent potential in Uganda and also the facilities and goals of the AVRS
school. In summary, it was agreed that we would work together to advance the
goals of the school and what we are doing with the Commissioner of Sports in
getting Baseball into a number of secondary schools, so that it becomes a
major sport for Uganda. If we are to follow the guide lines that the
Commissioner and AVRS have been working towards for the past several years,
more than just the AVRS school may become participants in the RBI program,
basically, because each school in the program is required to basically meet
the same standards that RBI requires of four teams at each age level playing
a number of games at each school.
The Dodgers recognize that Uganda needs baseball equipment as none is sold
in Uganda. They have agreed to assist in helping us in obtaining that
equipment so that more people can actually play the game at many more
schools. They have also told me that they will be coming to Minnesota in
August to watch our players. They were in Vero Beach and were very impressed
by what they saw. Discussions with the Dodgers will be on going over the
next several months, and with possibly more visits to Uganda in the future.
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.