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US Embassy Promotes Baseball, Softball in Ugandan Schools

The clinics are aimed at sensitizing secondary school students on opportunities available in the sport. The Embassy has contributed uniforms, baseball bats, balls and moemy to facilitate both local and foreign coaches to operate these clinics in the districts of Arua, Jinja and Luwero.
One of the baseball clincs which was conducted in Jinja district on Saturday.

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The United States embassy in Kampala has teamed up with the Uganda baseball and softball association to conduct baseball clinics in the regions of West Nile, Eastern and Central Uganda.

The clinics are aimed at sensitizing secondary school  students on opportunities available in the sport. The  Embassy has contributed uniforms, baseball bats, balls and moemy to facilitate both local and foreign coaches to operate these clinics in the districts of Arua, Jinja and Luwero.

Participants are trained in the basics of baseball, which comprise of team work, and nonviolence against opponent teams.

Ron Hawkins, the Embassy's public affairs officer told URN in an interview that the clinics are partly aimed at honoring the legacy  of Jackie Robinson,  the  first African American to break the baseball color line, when his team, the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April, 16, 1947 amidst racial criticism from his colleagues.

Hawkins adds that Robinson used nonviolence means to demand for his civil rights, and the same principles of teamwork and civic engagement are being taught to the students.

//cue in: “had Jackie still…

Cue out…baseball, Jackie’s sport.”//

Dennis Kasozi, the president of the baseball and softball association adds that the clinics will increase schools’ participation in the sport.

//cue in: “the main thing…

Cue out…join the sport.”//