Angels at Bat
How you can help...
Hi, my name is Max Bobholz. I am collecting used and new baseball equipment for children in Africa. Children in remote villages often have to play their games with homemade equipment or very few items shared by many. After watching Uganda's team in the Little League World Series in 2012, I realized that we could provide these children with wonderful equipment by simply donating used equipment that sits, unused in our homes or garages.
- Training equipment
We also have begun collecting soccer equipment including:
- Soccer balls
- Soccer cleats
We will also need a little bit of help with the shipping, and we would appreciate a little help financially! If you'd like to donate money, please make checks out to "American Friends of Kenya"
In memory of our coach...
In January 2012, the community of Green Bay lost a very special man who helped coach me and my friends since we were young. His loss was sudden and we all miss him so much. The summer before he died, the Green Bay Sluggers made a historic run to the Ohio Valley Regional Tournament. It was a special summer for us, and we made it through the challenges with our motto of "Heart, Attitude, Team". In honor of coach Todd Williquette, all equipment donated to Africa will have his softball number #20, hand-written on each item.
Our connections in/outside of Kenya...
We have been in contact with so many people that helped us get this idea started and going.
- David Yeghiaian, who works with a local Rotary Club in Green Bay, has helped this charity get going. He has put us in contact with people, who have put us in contact with people, who have helped this charity tremendously. He is one of the most important people to the charity, for he brought us with his group to Kenya in 2014.
- Nicholas Syano, the "patron" of the Maiuni Village, in Muchakos county, has lovingly welcomed us into his village. He is working with us on starting a project involving a solar powered chicken coop. This man went to UWSP and has brought is agricultural knowledge back to his home, so he can help his family and village by improving their crops. Nicholas has introduced baseball to the children in Maiuni Village by bringing us into the community and we are so very grateful for doing so.
- Sister Mary is a sister who runs an organization in Kenya called Nyumbani. Nyumbani helps orphaned children throughout the country. She has generously let us play baseball with the children in her organization. She also put us in contact with a soccer club from the "slums" of Kenya. These kids walk for hours just to play soccer, yet these kids do not have the proper equipment. Seeing the lack of soccer equipment that these children had inspired me to raise soccer equipment here to bring to them.
- Wayne Silver, from the American Friends of Kenya group, out of Connecticut, has gave us the opportunity to send equipment to our connections in Kenya without personally taking the equipment there. He and his group save us a section of their shipping crate to send baseball and soccer equipment. We are continuing to send equipment with this group every Spring.
- George Mehinda, the head of Kenya Little League, has helped us grow the name of the charity exponentially. George has stated that Angels at Bat will become the primary source of equipment for Kenyan baseball and that we will bring baseball to the wonderful country of Kenya. He has introduced us to a countless number of people who are passionate about baseball including former Ambassador of Kenya- Francis Muthaura.
There has been a countless number of people that have helped us grow the name, along with, donating equipment. Thank you to all, and lets keep growing the name!
Please consider donating to the charity, and best of all.... PLAY BALL!!
Pictures from our baseball experience in Kenya...
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