What is the Baseball Exchange Program?
We are committed to strengthening the baseball community through the implementation of sustainable programs that make a positive impact on the lives of youth baseball players around the world. The Baseball Exchange Program was created to support youth baseball by sharing the resources necessary to build and sustain successful youth baseball programs.
Donated Baseball Equipment
The scarcity and expense of baseball equipment can limit the success of youth baseball programs, especially in countries where the game is not traditionally played. We address this problem by collecting donated equipment and shipping it overseas.
Access to Coaching and Instruction
We have developed several innovative ways to provide coaching and instruction to developing baseball programs:
- Bringing young baseball players to America for baseball clinics, camps, and one-on-one instruction
- Sending experienced baseball coaches overseas to run baseball camps and clinics
- Providing remote video instruction to players and volunteer coaches, to maximize our impact in a cost effective way
Timeline: Baseball Exchange Program
- 2014 – Shipped donated equipment and organized baseball clinics in Limerick and Ashbourne, Ireland, in partnership with Baseball Miracles.
- 2014 – Brought 14-year old baseball player Liam Shier from Ireland to America for advanced instruction and games.
- 2015 – Brought 17-year old Paul Carey from Ireland to America to attend Nike Baseball Camp.
- 2015 – Shipped donated equipment to Baseline, a youth baseball organization, in Nigeria.
- 2016 – Shipped baseball equipment to youth team in West Clare, Ireland.
- 2016 – Shipped 100 lbs of baseball equipment to Dublin, Ireland.
- 2016 – Provided remote video instruction to youth baseball players in Cavan, Ireland.
- 2016 – Shipped donated baseball equipment to our partner, Pitch In For Baseball.
- 2016 – Sent coach American baseball coach Eric Helmrich to Ashbourne, Ireland, to run a youth baseball camp and to work individually with younger members of the Irish National Baseball Team.
- 2016 – Shipped 500 lbs of equipment to Kenya, via our partner, American Friends of Kenya.
- 2016 – Provided remote video instruction for a 17-year-old catcher in Ashbourne, Ireland.
- 2016 – Provided video instruction for a 15-year old pitcher from Cavan, Ireland.
- 2016 – Shipped baseball equipment to the Royal School in Cavan, Ireland.
- 2016 – Shipped donated baseball gloves to Belfast Baseball Academy.
- 2017 – Brought 17-year old Fionn Gallaher-Hall to America to attend a Nike Baseball Camp.
- 2017 – Started and managed all operations for the Under-18 Irish Junior National Baseball Team at the team’s historic gold medal performance at the European Qualifier Tournament in Zurich, Switzerland.
- 2018 – Managed operations for the Under-18 Irish Junior National Baseball Team for the team’s trip to the European Championships in Grosetto, Italy.
I’d like to thank The Baseball United Foundation for giving kids like me opportunities to participate in baseball camps and further improve their baseball skills. I truly enjoyed my time at the baseball camp and have brought back the skills and techniques learnt from the coaches which will help the progress of baseball in Ireland.
Having the opportunity to go over this past summer to work with Irish Little Leaguers and players on the Irish National Baseball Team helped me remember why I love baseball so much. These young players have a pure passion to learn the game of baseball and to compete. Every player came ready to play, learn, and to overall have fun. I’m excited to see how these young players develop over the years.
AFK is delighted to partner with the Baseball United Foundation in promoting youth baseball and softball in Kenya. During 2016, we included the Foundation’s kind donation of baseball equipment and supplies in our annual ocean freight shipment. We look forward to continuing our partnership this year and beyond.