Africa On Deck, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States, launches new website today to support baseball in underprivileged areas in Africa
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Africa On Deck was founded in 2017 as a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to support youth baseball in underprivileged areas in Africa.
Two of its founding members, Natalie Irwin and Sine Thieme, had fallen in love with a struggling baseball club in the impoverished township of Alexandra while living in Johannesburg, South Africa, between 2010 and 2016. Their involvement ranged from finding corporate sponsors to preparing meals for hungry players and collecting used baseball equipment from all over the United States. For Natalie, keeping Alexandra Baseball going week by week soon had the whole family involved, with her husband coaching a team and her two sons playing for the club.
After their expat assignments in South Africa ended, Natalie and Sine wanted to find a way to continue to support Alexandra Baseball, as well as other struggling clubs in the area. This is how Africa On Deck was born. With the addition of board members Tyler Barnes of the Milwaukee Brewers Community Organization and Rich Campbell, former chair of the Dilworth Little League in Charlotte, it gained broader support in the American baseball community. The board of Africa On Deck is rounded out by Louis van Zyl, who is on the ground in South Africa and runs day-to-day operations for Alexandra Baseball.
In its first month of existence, Africa On Deck raised over US$5,000 to fund
Alexandra Baseball through the next season and cover league fees, transport, equipment, food, and coaching, as well as travel expenses for players selected for the South African National Team.
Today, Africa On Deck launches its website in order to promote its mission to a wider audience and continue to tell a story about baseball that is about much more than baseball.