This guest blog is written by Stephanie Miller, of Summit Bank & Trust, for our our 30 day Pay-It-Forward Initiative. We’re featuring small businesses and non-profits nominated by our community throughout the month of December. Want to make a nomination? It’s not too late!
Love the great American pastime and looking for a way to give back? Humanity Through Baseball combines a love of the game with helping children in underdeveloped regions of Africa. Their fun, interactive approach to intervention bridges a cultural gap and builds friendships. The organization supplies baseball equipment to orphaned and impoverished schoolchildren and uses the game as a way to build relationships and goodwill, as well as providing financial assistance for shelter, clothing, food, school fees/supplies, drinking water, and other basic needs. “Baseball is just a tremendous face-to-face vehicle to learn how the Kenyan people approach life versus how we do,” co-founder Jim Cederberg said. “There’s something fundamental and essential about human beings that they demonstrate that you just don’t see here with all the possessions and other things we’ve become accustomed to. When they’re holding onto your hand like they’re holding on to life itself, that’s an experience that’s really impossible to describe.” Drew Sauer founded Humanity Through Baseball with Jim in 2011 based in a lifetime love for the game. “It was incredible to connect with the kids through a game that has meant so much to me,” Sauer says.
Humanity Through Baseball’s next trip to Kenya is scheduled for January 2015 and they are looking for donations of baseball equipment, specifically baseball gloves, and monetary donations to help the children they support. Want to become even more involved? They are always looking for individuals to accompany them on their trips if you would like to witness the impact they have first hand. It truly is the experience of a lifetime and helping over 1,000 African children is a real reason to cheer!
You can learn more about Humanity Through Baseball and join me in supporting them simply by visiting their webpage.