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 http://myquaintandquietlife.tumblr.com

 


 

May, 2017

 
We now enter a busy time of year for the baseball/softball program at the Uganda Little League complex. Starting on May 6, the boys 11-12 year old championship for Uganda Little League will be decided by our annual eight team double elimination tournament. On May 12, we will do the same for the girls with eight teams being at the complex to contest for the 11-12 year old Uganda Little League girls championship via a double elimination tournament. All the Little League rules will be enforced regarding pitch limits and play requirements. The unfortunate thing about these two tournaments is that the winners are banned from participating in the formal Little League regional tournaments that lead to the respective World Series, thus the teams can only play for the Uganda title and can go no further. In our opinion, it comes down to sponsor money, or the fact that Little League International will lose European sponsorship if Africa keeps representing the Europe/Africa region. This is why we have been fighting for now over 10 years to get Little League International to have Africa as its own region with a regional tournament with the winners going to the respective World Series. According to Little League International, there are now many African countries participating in Little League, but none go to the European/Africa Regional Tournament.


On May 18, we will host two four team tournaments for the older players of both boys and girls. We have invited the so called best teams of each gender to round out two four team tournaments where each team will be playing two games a day for the first two with a championship game on the third day for boys and for girls. That means for May 18 and 19, there will be four games going on at the same time in the morning and also in the afternoon. The Little League complex in Uganda is the place to be to see softball or baseball on those two days.  On May 20, you are going to have to decide which championship game you want to see as both will be played at 10AM on that morning. For the first two days, we are going to have some busy umpires.


Early in June, we have an appointment at the U.S. Embassy to appear for the interview part of the U.S. visa application. This involves 14 players amongst our older boys. They are arriving in the U.S. early on July 30 in Philadelphia from where they will bus on to Cincinnati, arriving that evening. Why Philadelphia? Because the plane leaving Uganda that we could have possibly taken to Detroit via Amsterdam and bus down, had no more room for our traveling party of 19 as of early March. Booking groups out of Uganda during our summer is not always easy which we had learned several years ago. The boys expect to play a single game on the Monday in Cincinnati, two on Tuesday and two on Wednesday with teams playing in the RBI tournament. They will then bus to Toms River N.J. on Thursday where they expect to be playing two games per day from Saturday thru Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, they will be playing teams in Philadelphia before flying home on Monday, August 14. What is currently up in the air is what happens on Friday, August 4. We are trying to set up a showcase soccer demonstration as all these boys are also excellent soccer players and we are looking for athletic scholarships to any college or university to get them a good education and give them an opportunity to play under good coaching to hopefully enhance their skills.


The trip to the U.S. is very significant in several ways. Should some players be offered a full scholarship via entirely athletic or half athletic and half academic, that would have a huge impact on the number of students who would want to get to schools that offer a baseball program for students where they can develop their skills to possibly obtain college scholarships knowing that it is possible. We want to do the same thing for the girls in Uganda via softball or soccer or running.

 

The talent is in Uganda, the programs for the young participants are not there and we are working very hard to get a formal program working through the Uganda Commissioner of Sports and the Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports to develop these programs in the secondary schools. Major League Baseball recognizes that there is great potential for talented players coming from Uganda, but the youth programs need to be put in place to develop the young talent. Thus, if this team puts on a great performance via these showcase events in Cincinnati, New Jersey and Philadelphia, we may really kick start this program.


Mr. Bennett Shields of the Major League youth program is working very close with us on the team coming to the U.S. While we have been part of the RBI program for over two years, we have not been invited to participate in their annual tournaments for boys 18 and under, 15 and under and girls softball for 18 and under. The major problem that currently exists, no international teams are allowed to participate. Will this change? We are working on it for 2018. What we would like to see is a tournament like the Williamsport Pa. Little League Tournament. That is a six to eight team U.S. tournament and at the same time a six to eight team International Tournament, with the winners playing for the World Championship. This now fills an opening Little League has given to the RBI program since they have dropped their 18 and under tournaments for both boys and girls.
 


 

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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