The Best Story About Baseball That’s Not Just About Baseball (Part 2): The Alexandra Fundraising Challenge

members of Alexandra Baseball team warming up before practice

Have you read Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson? The idea was to build schools in Afghanistan, but the story was about more than building schools. That's how it has been for our group of expats supporting Alexandra Baseball. It's about giving young people opportunities to build self-esteem and teamwork and make something of themselves in an environment where few such opportunities exist.

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The Best Story About Baseball That’s Not Just About Baseball (Part 1): Africa On Deck

baseball players in Alexandra township near Johannesburg

We had moved from the U.S. to Johannesburg earlier that year. After the initial frenzy of buying a car, securing the elusive Traffic Register Number for foreigners, and getting the Internet connected, I was ready to tackle the American mother's oh so important task: finding new sports teams for my kids. This is how I stumbled upon Alexandra Baseball. The rest, as they say, is history.

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All Roads Lead to Alexandra: The Story of a Globetrotting Baseball Bag, Part Two

In my previous post, I told you some stories about the circuitous travels of baseball equipment from American outfields into the heart of one of the poorest African townships. The longest and most circuitous route yet was traveled by the last batch I sent, the one that arrived in Johannesburg just a few weeks ago. Its a story that brings compassion and serendipity together.

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All Roads Lead to Alexandra: The Story of a Globetrotting Baseball Bag, Part One

Pitch in for Baseball donation for Alexandra Baseball

I've said this about my Kilimanjaro Climb*, and the same is true for how we've been able to get baseball equipment from the United States into the hands of underprivileged kids in South Africa. If money was no issue, we would just gather donations and second hand equipment and ship it to Johannesburg. Done and dusted, destination reached. But then there wouldn't be a story to tell.

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The Future of Alexandra Baseball

If you've followed my Alexandra story in the past, you will know that actually getting the stuff to South Africa is the real challenge. Shipping is expensive and involves so much paperwork and bureaucracy that I'd much rather volunteer for a root canal than do that again. And the truth is that the money going towards shipping could be much better used to support the kids directly.

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Michael’s Dream

helping kids in Alexandra pursue their dreams with baseball

Perhaps it will strike you as ironic that just a few days ago I was pleading for African women who are carrying a heavy load, both physically and figuratively, and now the person I am asking you to help is not a woman. He’s not quite a man, either, but rather a boy. He is an incredibly talented baseball player, growing up in the hardscrabble township of Alexandra. His name is Michael Lebepe.

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Got Container Space?

This is a call to all my American readers who’ve come across my blog because they have plans to move to South Africa in the near future. Especially those of you who’ve already booked a moving date. I’d love to have a tiny corner of your container space, if indeed you’re ... 

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