Angels at Bat

 

How you can help...

Hi, my name is Max Bobholz.  I am collecting used or 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 nearly 4 years ago, I realized that we could provide these children with wonderful equipment by simply donating used equipment that sits, unused in our homes or garages.  

We need:  

  • Gloves
  • Bats
  • Balls
  • Bases
  • Hats/helmets
  • etc.

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 "Rotary of GPC"  

In memory of our coach...

In January 2012, we 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, our team won state and traveled to Kentucky where we finished runner up to the previous year national champions.  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 own 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Nicholas Syano, the "patron" of the Maiuni Village, near Muchakos,  has lovingly welcomed us to 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.  They are focusing on the lumber business. 
  3. Sister Mary, a sister who runs an orphanage with HIV infected children in it, has let us play baseball with the children in Kenya.   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.
  4. 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 gave us a section of their shipping crate to send baseball and soccer equipment.  We are continuing to send equipment with this group every Spring.  
  5. George Mehinda, the head of Kenya Little League, has helped us grow the name of the charity exponentially.  After many conversations with him, he has put us in contact with many people and groups to lengthen our horizons.  He said that Angels at Bat will be the primary source of equipment, as well as, a future connection to Kenya Little League in our mutual goal of getting a Kenyan team to Williamsport for the international tournament.

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!

What's next...

After spending nearly two weeks in Kenya, living amongst the people, my family and I are heading back to the wonderful country of Kenya.  While we are there, my father and I hope to be leading a player and coach camp to teach the game of baseball.  We will also be delivering equipment, playing baseball with children, and smiling with the great people of Kenya.  George Mehinda will be kicking off the annual "East Africa Inter-Universities Angels at Bat Tournament".   We will be returning to all of the places we went to in August of 2014, reuniting with friends made while there, as well as going to new places, growing the name of Angels at Bat


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