Play Global! was formed in 2012, but our staff and board have years of experience that have prepared them to lead Play Global! with skill and direction. Get to know them by reading below, and contact us for more information.
Who we are
Tom Gillespie, Executive Director - Tom is an international scout with the Pittsburgh Pirates after ten years working in European baseball development for Major League Baseball. He has taught and presented at baseball camps and clinics in South Africa, Uganda, and throughout Europe.
Julia McCarthy, Associate Director - Julia leads Play Global’s outreach, fundraising and administrative efforts. In addition to being an experienced athlete and coach, Julia holds a Masters degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration and has over a decade of nonprofit experience.
Board of directors:
Callie Batts Maddox - Assistant professor in the cultural study of sport at Miami University of Ohio, formerly with Right to Play and BaseballSoftballUK
Allison Binns - Geopolitical Threat Analyst with Chevron, former employee of MLB and the Boston Red Sox
Pat Doyle - Former director of MLB envoy program, coach at international, college and high school levels, presenter and trainer
Jason Holowaty - Director of Resource Development for Major League Baseball, overseeing Europe, Africa, and Middle East
Karissa Huntington - Program Manager for American Councils for International Education, former fundraising professional
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Player profile: Lilian, Uganda
Lilian came to the Play Global baseball clinics in Gayaza, always early and always enthusiastic. She'd only been playing for less than a year, and had never used a baseball glove before. She learned fast, and coach Pat Doyle helped adjust her batting stance and timing in the batting cages. Lilian was excited to "hit the ball a long way." One of just a handful of girls on the field, Lilian said, "I like to play with the boys because they encourage me and give me strength that I can play the game."