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.

A country of 6 million people, Nicaragua sits in the middle of Central America. Following decades of political unrest and financial difficulties, Nicaragua has struggled to grow its economy.

As a result, it is currently the 2nd poorest country in the Western hemisphere, trailing only Haiti (nominal per capita GDP). Nicaraguan youth face the most difficulties. With the cards stacked against them, at least one-third never reach sixth grade. While other organizations genuinely seek to improve the lives of those they help, the true social connection needed to spark long-term, systemic change is missed. How can we set the Nicaraguan youth up for success and help implement a self-sustaining way of life to end this cycle of poverty?

In Nicaragua, baseball is as nearly as powerful an institution as the church. Even in the poorest communities one can find a baseball field. Helping Kids Round First has been bringing donated baseball equipment to Nicaragua since 2009. Through the game, the non-profit has expanded to include major projects in softball, women's empowerment and education, sustainable agriculture, and healthcare.

Helping Kids Round First delegations travel to Nicaragua every 4-6 weeks bringing baseball and softball gear, school supplies, medical equipment, and agricultural resources to impoverished communities. Baseball has been the vehicle for creating long-term, sustainable improvements in the region.


Partners

Our work is made easier with the help of these organizations.

Our Partners in Nicaragua

Lutheran Synod of Nicaragua

Nicaraguan Lutheran Church of Faith and Hope

Global Health Ministries

Lutheran Synod of Nicaragua

Working for a Dream

Catholic Relief Services in Managua

Rotary International

Kairos



OrphaNetwork Nicaragua


Jardin Infantil de Belen

Humberto Alvaredo Hospital

Our Partners in the United States

Maguire Iron, Inc.

Hefty Seed Company

South Dakota Synod. ELCA

Sanford Health

MEET OUR TEAM

Board of Directors

  • Craig Severtson - Founder
  • Bill Nibbelink 
  • Jay Bentz 
  • Sam Gotham
  • Tim Huber
  • Brian Relf
  • Sue Bentz
  • Addie Graham-Kramer

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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.

ADDRESS

23075 SD Hwy 13, Flandreau, SD 57028

605-864-1341

info@helpingkidsroundfirst.org

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