9/6/2017 10:07:00 PM Megan Rosta: Baseball in Africa Update
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the introduction of baseball in Makutano, Kenya thanks to a donation of baseball gloves by the 13u Indiana Bulls Black team from Westfield, Indiana. After I finished that column, I wasn't sure if I'd hear anything more about the students. Earlier this week, though, I was pleasantly surprised to open my email to find an update from Jamie Stone, Village Project Africa's Director of Development.
Margaret Lewis, VPA's Founder and President, just returned from a visit to Kenya. She was with the students when they received the gloves and baseballs, and she was able to tell me a little bit more about their reactions: "It was a fun day when we gave these out. The joy that I saw on the children's faces when we gave them the mitts and balls really surprised me." Lewis was surprised because baseball was so new to these students, but they were so excited and joyful about the opportunities this new equipment offered to them.
She was also surprised that their Headmaster Gibson "seemed to know how to play ball." He told Lewis that the introduction of baseball would be a "game changer for our school." Apparently the students have been playing soccer too roughly and are injuring themselves easily. Gibson believes baseball will allow for a safer way to give the students a physical break from studying.
Lewis is excited for the end of the month because American visitors are heading to the village, and she knows there will be a lot of playing baseball with the students.
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Megan Rosta is a sophomore at Loyola University Chicago hoping to major in Creative Writing or Journalism. She is a resident of Fishers, Ind. and is an avid sports fan.