LADY AT THE BAT: Baseball (And Other Sports) In Africa

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Baseball (And Other Sports) In Africa

Last year I was intrigued by a story I read about baseball being played in Ghana. Well, it turns out that it’s not only being played in Ghana, but in other African nations as well.

Recently, I met and had a very lively conversation with a young man named Awasum Junior. We didn’t always see eye-to-eye during our meeting but were both excited to talk about a couple of sports projects AJ has started. First, he is the founder and CEO of the African Baseball Network. The African Baseball Network, Inc:

Is a nonprofit organization that helps in promoting and developing baseball universally and specifically in Africa through education and social exchange within baseball nations throughout the world;

Seeks to exchange and promote the development of the game in minority and underprivileged countries by providing tools (equipment) and documentation to boost understanding and facilitate game playing;

Also seeks to promote efficient technical assistance to countries in need of coaches and umpires by soliciting and recommending knowledgeable and professional trainers and umpires to help promote, foster, develop and enhance a universal athletic image of the game of baseball;

Remains true to the intentions of its founders in its strides to further the awareness and knowledge of the game of baseball and its assistance with the development of the game at all levels in the continent of African and the world in general.
[African Baseball Network Website]

AJ told me that, not only are they playing baseball in Ghana and in South Africa (South Africa participated in the last World Baseball Classic.), it is also being played in his native Cameroon, Kenya, Liberia and several other African nations. His organization works to develop players capable of playing the game of baseball on a competitive level and, more importantly, helps to develop the minds of young people so that they can be successful in a competitive world.

AJ is also developing another venture, the African Sports Network Journal:

The African Sports Network Journal aims to keep the international community abreast of sports news and athletic events in Africa. Its goal is also to bring international news about African athletes and organizations back home to Africa. The African Sports Network Journal bridges the continental gap, uniting sports fans around the world by answering to the demand for quality reporting and positive sports highlights on African athletes all over the world. The African Sports Network Journal bridges the continental gap, uniting sports fans around the world by answering to the demand for quality reporting and positive sports highlights on African athletes all over the world. [African Sports Network Journal Website]

The African Baseball Network and the African Sports Network Journal are non-profit ventures so, you know what that means: Your help is needed! If you are interested in volunteering your expertise (writing, editing, interviewing skills, etc), donating funds or equipment or just subscribing to the magazine, visit http://www.africanbaseball.com/. You can also join the Facebook Group to keep abreast of all activities.

Bernadette

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