The Baseball Project began in 2007. This began the process of building mutual respect and understanding through the development of youth sports in both countries.
In December 2007, Joe Seubert and Ken Wiske presented youth sports development workshops in Nicaragua. Time was spent with children and adults on the ball field.
In July 2008, five Nicaraguan youth sports organizers traveled to Washington DC and Wisconsin to connect with those who are committed and passionate about youth sports. This trip included a memorable Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds game at Miller Park. The youth also met with Billy Castro, pitching coach, and Jim Skaalen, hitting coach, of the Brewers! W/NP looks forward to continued involvement with the Brewers.
In October 2008, Peete Taggatz served as co-facilitator with the five Nicaraguans. Three workshops were held in Nicaragua. In attendance were youth coaches, administrators, local government officials, and NGO youth sports leaders. The content of the workshop included program sustainability in financially challenging areas and/or linking sports achievements with academic achievements.
In March 2009, Ken Wiske and Tom Ordens traveled to Nicaragua to participate in workshops presented by coaches. Each workshop focused on the role of the umpires, coaches, and organizers in the continued development and expansion of the program. Parents, players, and coaches were led through various game situations and score-keeping skills. The Wisconsin representatives also provided materials on a "Coaches Code of Ethics" and "Parent/Spectator Sportsmanship".
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"At present I'm working on stadium wall or fence construction the teams Empalme de Boaco and Santa Helena are supporting paying the worker that are building the wall or fence and also a friend Jake Sheideman from Santa Helena California lend us a money with free of interest for building the wall. All work that we have done in different communities has carried on for persons without any profit, the idea is to help the people. This money will recover selling spaces on the wall or fence for business propaganda the cost will be $750 for three years this way will let us to get back the material money at the moment we have sold 12 sight or wall space each one is about 6 meter. This have been one of my successful sport organize and I have involve many people from the communities. To make aware for to work and take care what have done and support to the children to start. I feel proud to work end help the children, my motivation is that I am young with wishes to form the best in baseball from my town. One of my dream is to have a children's stadium with all baseball equipment so they will attend their practice, every children will go and a coach will waiting for them with time for them and will no cost nothing for the children. I am coaching an adult team we call the league mayor A the team is one of the best from Boaco city. I am training children from 9 to 11 years old. I will organize the third little league in my community with four teams. Also I´m supporting rural league supplying them with use equipments that I get from friends as bats and balls. I am volunteer and work with Santa Helena group in social projects. This year I will be a graduate civil engineer at the Universidad Tecnológica Nicaragüense UTN and I work in formulation and preparation of project into the metallic structure area. I'm a buiding contractor, I'm a producer organic honey and I´m writing a proposal to create employment through the honey production the idea is give the opportunity to youth that could not continue study so they will get work."
During the Phase II of the baseball project in July 2008 Misael was able to come here and visit the garden of Larry Koy in Stevens Point- Larry, who is also a bee keeper was able to share some of the methods of bee keeping in the US. Click here for a useful site about bees.