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
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 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
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.
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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