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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

New AVRS Pavilion under construction - 1000 seat Arena with VIP Seating

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 http://myquaintandquietlife.tumblr.com

 


 

November, 2017

 

The past couple of months have seen some very positive developments at the Uganda Little League Complex. In regard to playing baseball and softball, nothing much has changed. The boys and girls still remain amongst the very best teams in all of Africa, if not the best. The federation's adult league finished up this past month as far as the AVRS school was concerned, as they played their last double header and won both games. They finished the season undefeated once again. The girls if you remember, started the season with two massive victories and as a result, no one wanted to play them anymore and the softball league disappeared. The federation did hold a secondary school program for several days in the eastern part of the country about two months ago, where once again the boys and the girls came back with all the trophies and were undefeated. A number of the girls games ended with scores of 26 to nothing. Our problem with baseball and softball is that there is no competition other than when we play our selves at the school. Traveling to play in federation tournaments become expensive and accomplish basically nothing in regard to development of talent. We are questioning the worth of constantly playing in games that end with us mercy ruling the opponents.


The future events at the school does look promising in some ways, but is proving a problem in other ways. On November 18 and 19, we will be hosting in the guest house two scouts from the San Diego Padres baseball team. While they do have an interest in one of our young players, they are coming to learn about what we are doing at the school regarding developing baseball talent. They have been informed that we would very much like to see our players getting scholarships to play at American Colleges and Universities, they believe they can work that out with our players via their connections with some schools in the San Diego area, or in the future as part of a contract if they were to sign a particular player.


The problem we have is obtaining scholarships for our student/athletes. So far, despite promises, especially one that encouraged us to come to the U.S. with a team last August, no offers have materialized. The trip to N.J. attracted few, if any college coaches. The only attractions that trip drew was from the Major League Baseball aspect and a couple of other opportunities that we were aware of before the trip to New Jersey. We continue to work on those with the scouts from the Cincinnati Reds that were here in 2016 and other people who know about our program. We hope we may still obtain a couple of scholarships for the school year starting in September 2018. We will keep everyone informed.


In January, we will once again host our 9th annual coaches clinic while at the same time hosting, in conjunction with the Uganda Minister of Sports, the annual Secondary School National Championships in baseball and softball. We have scheduled the first girls softball tournament for January 8, to be followed by the second annual boys baseball tournament to start on January 15. Both tournaments will be double elimination, but every team will play at least four games, win or lose during the 5 day tournaments. While these tournaments are going on, we expect to be hosting some visitors from Major League Baseball who are coming to Uganda to evaluate athletic talent in the country and what we are planning to do with developing it. These visitors may also involve bringing a team of boys and a team of girls to the U.S. in August 2018 as part of the baseball and and softball RBI tournaments. At this moment, how they participate in the RBI tournaments is still up in the air.


In regard to the breast cancer medical clinic: Things are moving along at a steady pace. As you probably already know, the FDA has approved the Ultra Sound imaging device that is a major breakthrough in breast cancer diagnosis. Out goal is to set up a clinic here in Uganda which we anticipate will be the prototype for all of Africa. Our responsibility before the end of this year was to make sure we had enough transmission ability to send the images we produce here in Uganda back to the U.S. That has been obtained in a letter to the company guaranteeing that it is currently available in Uganda at the location where we intend to start the clinic. The companies responsibility was to make the instrument easier to maintain so that the company would not need to send people to Africa to trouble shoot problems. Now, in a meeting scheduled for November 17, the African Clinic will hold a board meeting to lay out the schedule of our next activities. for 2018. We will be sending our radiologist to California sometime in the first quarter to learn about the set up of the clinic there and its operation and to inform the company that we will be able to appropriately treat what we diagnose in Uganda. Once that is accomplished, we will be sending people to be trained on taking the machine apart and putting it back together to make sure we can trouble shoot, maintain and repair without involving any company people coming to Uganda. It is expected that this may take as much as a month in California for people who have an appropriate instrument background. Then the next problem is getting the money to set it up and operate the clinic. We know where it will be located, now we just have to do what we need to do in 2018 to get it operating before the third or fourth quarter of 2018.
 


 

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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