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EI launches its Baseball program for kids

November 22, 2008

EI has started a baseball program for the children in the barrio to create an environment where they 3047236288_ce32b40e71can learn the fundamentals of leadership, teamwork, and accountability through the sports.

What we aim to achieve is to increase the attendance rates of the students at EI while helping them develop important values through extracurricular activities.

Unfortunately most of our kids have almost no exposure to extracurricular activities in their schools. These activities, however, are very important for kids as they teach them how to interact with one another positively, how to lead as well as follow and how to trust one another. All these attributes are required by children to succeed in today’s competitive and highly interactive workforce.

The baseball program aims to bridge the gap in the children’s educational process by introducing several positive guidelines. In order to ensure that the program also serves as a motivating factor for kids, we have certain criteria for the students.3048445848_cbbb10b24d

Each student that participates must be an active member of his or her school with an attendance record above 80%. Also, students will be expected to have 90% attendance to the practice sessions.

Most importantly, they will be taught to respect every player in the game and avoid inappropriate language, fighting and harassment of other team members.

We are taking the baseball program seriously and will have contract regarding the guidelines signed by the students, parents, coach and the program coordinator.

In the Baseball Program, all kids of EI between ages 6 and 16 will be welcomed. A member of EI staff will serve as the program co-ordinator and will be responsible for the organization of the kid’s equipment, the tracking of attendance, the scheduling of games with other nonprofits, and any other aspects of the program.

The program will be coached by Hildebrando, a parent in the barrio.

Practices are to be held on Saturdays and split into two different groups; group one will practice from 1:00pm to 2:30pm, this group will consist of participants 13-16, group two will practice from 2:30pm to 4:00pm, this group will consist of participants ages 12-16. The first group will practice with their coach on fundamentals of baseball and leadership skills. After the first group is finished with practice, they will participate in the second groups’ practice by serving as coaches for the younger children. Group two will be spilt into three different teams of ten, each of which will have two members of group one serve as coaches. 3048450444_e595c631b21

The coaches of the teams will be responsible for their team’s attendance. On the first Saturday of every month, the teams will all meet at the field at the same time at 1:00pm. Group one will start the practice by putting on a hitting and fielding exhibition. This will be followed by a small tournament of the other teams, which will consist of three 4-inning games.  Additionally, all teams will play games against other area teams as scheduled by the program coordinator.

It is our hope that this program brings excitement and positivity in the lives of the kids. We are all much honored to already have had Cal Ripken Jr. coach our kids. Now that all the children have become extremely interested in the game, we plan to introduce new ideas and features regularly. Keep watching this space for updates!

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In Nicaragua 50% of the kids that start 1st grade never finish  5th grade. It is our goal to make this percentage drop significantly.

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