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LL Meetup: Equipment Drive for Nicaraguan Youth Baseball, Thursday 2/22 at Dexter Brewhouse

Come have a beer and bring your used baseball equipment to donate to young ballplayers in Nicaragua

Children of the Nations’ I Love Baseball Team

Dear Lookout Landing Community,

I’ve been granted an incredible opportunity to travel to Managua, Nicaragua later this spring for a service trip. One of the organizations my group will work with during the trip is MIMA, a faith-based organization which serves at-risk youth in Managua. Part of their work is sponsoring a baseball club.

Definitely barreled that one up.

While I’ve never been to Nicaragua and have not worked with MIMA in the past, I had a similar opportunity during my freshman year in the Dominican Republic. During the spring of 2016, I went on a service trip to Barahona, Dominican Republic and had the chance to play baseball with members of the I Love Baseball organization through Children of the Nations.

A legendary team picture.

I Love Baseball provided children in rural areas of the Dominican Republic with a chance to play baseball with their peers. The organization also prioritized education, partnering with Children of the Nations to reward students for achievement in school. After making contact with just one pitch over several at bats in three games, I can definitely say the most impactful part of the trip for me was connecting with the children with whom we shared the field.

I think this is the one game my team scored a run.

Words cannot express how grateful I am to have another to do another service trip and connect with the children of another Latin country through baseball. I would love to share this opportunity with you all. Friend of the site Cody Morris of Mollusk Brewing has generously offered to host us at Dexter Brewhouse in South Lake Union on Thursday, February 22nd., starting at 5 PM, where we will be collecting new or used baseball equipment to bring to the children of Managua (hats, baseball pants, etc. are all useful, too!). Feel free to stop by, regardless of if you have equipment to donate or not, to hang out with fellow LLers or chat more about MIMA.

I look forward to seeing you there!