Pitch In For Baseball has had a number of exciting opportunities to help kids around the world over the last 4 years. However, when we were contacted about the chance to introduce baseball to the children of NW Baghdad, we jumped at the chance.
Working in partnership with the U.S. Military, the Iraqi Ministry of Youth and Sport and Major League Baseball International, we were able to help share our national pastime with some excited kids in Iraq.
The note we received from our military contacts in Baghdad helps tell the story.
I hope all is well in the States. It was a great day for the “Dagger
Brigade.” This morning Soldiers from D Troop 5/4 Cavalry and A Company
403 Civil Affairs Battalion delivered equipment donated from “Pitch in for
Baseball.” Mr Fahkri, a deputy in the Ministry of Youth and Sport, had
invited about 40 children to the equipment drop off. As part of the
delivery the soldiers gave a quick demonstration of the new equipment that
would be shared by the Northwest Baghdad youth centers. Mr. Fahkri said
that they would be forming a league and we would be invited to the first
exhibition game once they have had enough time to practice. It was a great
opportunity for the soldiers. And while there was some tentative children,
many of them were picking up the game quickly and showed a true interest in
the sport. I’ve collected and attached a bunch of the pictures that were
taken during the distribution. Our public affairs team plans on writing a
story on the event. When they’re finished, we’ll make sure you get a copy
of the article. It was a long process to get the equipment into the hands
of some kids. But interest, by the Youth and Sport personnel and the
children, in making the most of the equipment was very promising. Thank you
so much to your organization and for your personal support for this
LT Conor Browne
Assistant Civil Military Operations Officer 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry
Division Camp Liberty, Baghdad, Iraq