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HYA Baseball 4 East Africa & Chess – Migori, Kenya

June 24, 2016

hyargbfinalChris Major, HYA President will embark on a Rotary baseball and chess fellowship mission to East Africa, June 24- July 26, 2016. The host club is the Rotary Club of Suna-Migori, Kenya, D9212. Chris is a member of the Rotary Club of San Rafael Harbor, D5150 USA. He encourages Rotarian and non-Rotarian global partners for this youth outreach in Migori County, Kenya, East Africa.

We are actively collecting youth baseball equipment. If you have old equipment; (bats, helmets, shoes, gloves, baseball, softballs, bottled water) we appreciate your donating them to HYA Baseball 4 East Africa & Fellowship mission.

We are exploring a 15U travel baseball team to play in Migori, Kenya in 2017.

For equipment donation, send email to: cmajor_edu@yahoo.com. HYA is a 501c(3) not for profit public benefit; tax deductible corporation. We accept donations using paypal. (www.haywardyouthacademy.org/donate)

Our ASSOCIATION OFFICIALS in Migori, Kenya

Ben Onam, Rotary Club of Suna-Migori, Charter President, 2012-13, Peter Ndaga, Kenya Little League, and David Waore, Kenya Little League are developing youth baseball in the community. An exciting and historic proposal in Africa. We salute their incredible progress over the past 5 years.

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Saint Mary’s College of California Alumni Magazine. Paying It Forward: “Sharing the Spirit” Autumn 2008

1. Chairman: Joseph Odero- josephodero2014@gmail.com

2. Secretary: David Waore – waoredavid@yahoo.com

3. Coach: Peter Ndaga – ndagapeter@gmail.com

4. Rotarian Benedict Onam, Rotary Club Suna-Migori – benonam64@gmail.com

Our goal would be a 17 day goodwill ambassador trip to Migori, Kenya, Africa. This would include Rotarians, non-Rotarians, corporate interest, investors, players & parents on a historic trip to Migori, Kenya, Africa: July 2016.

Sharing the Spirit, Autumn 2008

MIGORI BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION

MISSION

1. To involve the youths in activities that help them to interact and team up their energies in achieving socio-economic and cultural gains
2.To foster the spirit of peaceful co-existence.

VISION
To make baseball and softball a sport that fosters the spirit of fair competition, determination and tolerance, culminating into peace building.

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Historical Background
Baseball and softball are games that are completely alien to Migori County. Before 2010, the two sporting activities were never known to the people, young and old, of Migori. Around about the month of February, 2010 Bishop Esau Jobando of Africa Outreach Ministries Church, an affiliate of the Hands On Africa Mission, approached the management and head teachers of some neighboring schools within the catchment area of the church, to allow for the introduction of baseball in their schools. This was going to be initiated by some interested missionaries from the United States of America, who were soon paying visit to the region on courtesy of his Africa Outreach Ministries. Eight schools, St. Kathrin Warisia, Wasio, Midoti, Siling, Kowiti, Got Kachola, and Kilimanjaro Primary Schools were (recruited) included in the initial introduction. In March, 2010, Thomas Wilson, pictured below in action, from Chicago

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 Illinois led a team of four other baseball experts in conducting a workshop and clinic in baseball for the heads, the games teachers and school community members. The workshop and clinic which addressed the basics and originality of baseball, went for a whole week. The schools were later given the baseball equipment which included, myths, bating sticks, balls for the baseball and softball, catcher’s gears, helmets and base pads. Each school was also given a set of uniforms for boys and girls including the caps. The trained personnel’s from each school were requested to form teams for 12U and 15U both boys and girls and to start practicing for competitions immediately. Thomas Wilson and his team visited each school to give introductory training to the players and popularize the game. In July of the same year 2010, Tom, as Thomas Wilson was later to be popularly known, led another team of experts from the US, who went around the eight schools, training and also assessing the level of skills acquisition amongst the players. A tournament involving the players of the eight schools was organized at Wasio School umpired by Tom and his colleagues from the US.

In September 2010, Tom returned with a big group of youths. Amongst them was Jenna, who went round the schools to introduce the girls to the softball game. And as usual, Tom and his group made visits to the schools and at the end of the visits, a tournament was organized at Wasio Primary School to mark the end of that season as is indicated in the picture below.

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2011 was a year which saw some good improvements in the game. Mr. Peter Ndaga pictured below

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was formally appointed by Tom to help beef up the training and coaching by making school visits during the days of the week throughout the school term.

In 2013 there were only two visits i.e. in March and September. In March a playing field was done at Wasio Primary complete with a backstop and players’ dug-outs. It became the first field with a backstop in the country. This development boosted the morale of the trainers, coaches and players. In September of the same year, a similar field was done at Ugari Primary school. During this visit, no training and tournament took place since there was a national strike of all teachers.

2014, March saw teams from Meru County in Eastern Kenya and Nairobi County teams coming to Migori for a National tournament. The two fields hosted the tournament, which saw Meru Team scoop the Under 17 girl’s baseball, Nairobi team taking the Under 17 boys baseball whereas Migori scooped the coveted 15 U boys’ team. Trophies were awarded to the winning teams in each category.

There were visits in September 2014 and in December 13th – 21st, 2014; Meru hosted the continental championship to pick the best team to represent Africa at the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) championships in Japan in August. 2015.

Five players from Migori association were selected to form the Team Kenya at the Tournament. Three officials (Scorers) also accompanied the Migori team.
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PARTNERSHIP WITH OTHERS
Our Association has developed a very healthy partnership with the Rotary Club of Suna – Migori with the help of the Charter President – 2013/2014, Rtn. Benedict Onam. His club assisted the association to put up a field at the Ugari Primary School as can be seen in the picture below.

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among other Logistics support offered by the club. It is in this regard that we invite other groups or clubs to get this intellectually demanding game introduced in this part of Kenya.

ACHIEVEMENTS
•Schools have some equipment which, although inadequate, enables the teams to practice effectively.

•Migori team has the 15U boys trophy which they won in 2014 at the Baseball Federation of Kenya (BFK) championships

•5 Baseball players in the picture below, have been selected to form the BFK national team

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CHALLENGES
1.Inadequate trained baseball and softball personnel i.e. umpires, coaches and scorers

2.Inadequate equipment, especially mitts and uniforms

3.Resources to run training and to organize friendlies against other teams

4.Being a newly introduced sport, many people do not understand its mechanism – hence they don’t enjoy it.

5.Lack of publicity mechanisms

ASSOCIATION OFFICIALS
1.Chairman: Joseph Odero- josephodero2014@gmail.com

2.Secretary: David Waore – waoredavid@yahoo.com

3.Coach: Peter Ndaga – ndagapeter@gmail.com

4.Rtn Benedict Onam – benonam64@gmail.com

 

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