Baseball and Softball
Our flagship mission, baseball and softball provide the youth of Nicaragua with opportunities for exercise, teamwork and joy.
Nicaragua is baseball crazy. Every Sunday communities gather to play. It was the break in their hard week. The problem was games were played with large branches and rocks. If a community was lucky enough to have a baseball it would need to be sewed between Sundays to get ready for the games.
In 2009 Craig's son Beau brought the first bags of equipment donations. Countless bags of equipment continued to be delivered by delegates to Nicaragua on individual trips until 2016 when the Helping kids Round First first annual ocean container with over 18,000 pounds of equipment was delivered.
Women are often denied the opportunity to participate in sports and have unequal access to educational opportunities in Nicaragua. Helping Kids Round First Changes that. After bringing donated baseball equipment to Nicaragua for many years, Helping Kids Round First decided it was time to pursue legitimate social change and guarantee women have the same opportunity to participate in sports in Nicaragua as men in 2016.
At each community they visited that accepted donated baseball equipment, an equal amount of softball equipment was given under the agreement that a team would be started for girls in the town. In this manner, over 50 new girls softball teams were formed in communities in 2016, giving hundreds of young women the opportunity to participate in sports for the first time.
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Improving lives through baseball - Every year we bring baseball equipment and provide instruction to youth in rural Nicaraguan communities. Baseball has a unique ability to both bring together different cultures and teach life lessons helping to provide a foundation on which to improve lives.
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