Play Global! news
South Africa, 2009
March 2016. The AIPAC Conference features a short film about Baseball for All in front of a crowd of 18,000 delegates. IAB's Peter Kurz, Nate Fish and young players Fadi Abu Swees and Niv Eitan represent this joint Play Global - IAB initiative at the event.
January 2016. Play Global coaches travel to Uganda to train coaches and players in a three week project.
March, June, December 2015. Baseball Le'Kulam (Baseball for All) event launched in Tel Aviv, bringing Arab and Jewish Israeli youth together on the baseball field. This program is a partnership between Play Global and the Israel Association of Baseball.
January, 2015. Tom Gillespie travels to three locations in Uganda to train coaches and their players through Play Global's coach education program.
December, 2014. Executive Director Tom Gillespie travels to Meru, Kenya, where he meets with coach education participants and develops plans for future Play Global work in Africa.
July 2014. Play Global travels to Uganda to provide a two week clinic for coaches and players, as part of the Pearl of Africa Series 2.
June 2014. The first of five batting cages donated by Play Global is built in Uganda.
March 2014. As the political tensions in Crimea and all of Ukraine increase, Play Global! is forced to cancel the 2014 Crimea Open.
January 2014. Play Global is awarded tax-exempt nonprofit status by the IRS, and becomes a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
November 2013. Play Global purchases five batting cages that will be shipped to Uganda for a 2014 clinic, in partnership with the Uganda Baseball and Softball Association and the Pearl of Africa Series 2.
Sept 2013. Play Global forms partnership with the Pearl of Africa Series 2 to strengthen youth baseball in Uganda.
Coach profile: George Mukhobe - Kampala, Uganda
Mike Randall, South Africa & George Mukhobe, Uganda
George Mukhobe is the perfect example of a dedicated youth worker/coach who partners with Play Global. George grew up in Kampala, Uganda – he went daily to the Sharing Youth Center as a teenager to play sports, learn skills, and stay off the streets. Now he tries to recreate that setting for others by coaching after-school baseball programs in Nsambya, a poor neighborhood of Kampala. Others in Uganda noticed his dedication and talent for reaching out to children, and in 2011, George was elected President of the Uganda Baseball and Softball Association. While coordinating national efforts to spread the game in schools and raise the level of the country’s coaches, all as a volunteer, George continues to lead after-school practices in Nsambya. He does all this work as a volunteer. George continues to develop his coaching skills, but already has the most important ingredient: the trust and respect of his players.