Goodlettsville All Stars heading to Africa to help team
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
The baseball season is winding down, but the national champion Goodlettsville All Stars will soon take off on an overseas adventure.
The team will head to Africa not just for travel but to help a team they met at the Little League World Series.
During their time at Williamsport, PA, the All Stars forged a friendship with a team from Uganda and quickly learned their new friends came from a humble upbringing.
"A lot of these kids are orphans. Most of them, as you can imagine, are poor, being from that part of the world," said Goodlettsville All-Star parent Joey Seals.
This year Uganda became the first country in Africa to send a team to the Little League World Series. Eleven boys made the long trip in August to Pennsylvania without their parents and without high expectations.
"The kids didn't have any shoes. They got shoes when they got to Pennsylvania. They didn't want to wear them. They don't have anything at their park," said Seals.
The need sparked an idea to help. At the end of the year, the Goodlettsville team will travel to Uganda with plans to bring more than money.
"You could see their kids were really athletic, but they didn't have a lot of the baseball knowledge that we have," said Seals.
The local All Stars will try to raise at least $200,000 for equipment, facilities and supplies.
"I see a lot of kids, my kids included, who are blessed. They take a lot of things for granted, and I think that would be a great way for all of these kids to see how a lot of the other world lives," said Seals. "We're hoping to go over there, help them build a park, a field, to help them better themselves in the game."
The team has a couple of appearances and fundraisers planned.
On Saturday, they'll be at an event at Incredible Dave's at Rivergate Mall.
The team hopes to raise at least $200,000 to pay for the trip and help the Ugandan team with their facilities and equipment.
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