Canadian mom scores for African baseball

Wilson Sporting Goods has offered to sell $45 gloves at $10 a pop. Uganda Little League Baseball’s website says 15,000 children are sharing about 700 gloves. Balls and bats have been donated. Baseball scouts are set to come over.

The Ugandan Ministry of Sports and Education plans to launch a school devoted specifically to the development of baseball talent.

Some, like Mrs. Hoffman, are betting the Ugandan team could make it to the Little League World Series as early as this year.

Others are more cautiously optimistic. Chief among them the man who helped kick-start baseball in Uganda, Richard Stanley, an owner of the Trenton Thunder, a New Jersey minor league team.

In 2002, Mr. Stanley helped start Uganda Little League Baseball. He funded the construction of three playing fields, dormitories and a dining hall near Kampala.

Mr. Stanley solicited support from Major League Baseball and Little League International. He also piqued the interest in African baseball among Detroit Tigers President Dave Dombrowski and manager Jim Leyland.

Mrs. Hoffman, a certified accountant, says she is confident the money pouring in is going to be used for its intended purpose.

“Right to Play is as rigorous about where the money goes as I am,” she said, adding she is confident baseball has a very bright future in Africa’s Pearl.

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