ANGELS AT BAT
Donate used or new baseball equipment to children in Africa
Hi, my name is Max Bobholz. I have been collecting used and new baseball equipment for children in Africa since I was 12 in 2012. Children on teams throughout Africa are forced play their games with homemade equipment or very few items shared by many. After watching Uganda's team in the Little League World Series in 2012, I realized that we could provide these children with wonderful equipment by simply donating used equipment that sits, unused in our homes or garages.
~ Angels at Bat was featured on CNN as a part of the CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute in 2018 ~
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CHARITY'S BEGINNING CLICK THE BUTTON DIRECTLY BELOW
IN HONOR OF OUR COACH
In January 2012, the baseball community of Green Bay lost a very special man who helped coach my teammates and me since we were young. He tragically took his own life;his loss was sudden and we all miss him so much (PLEASE if you or someone you know of are in need of help do not hesitate to talk to a trusted aid source). In honor of coach T. Williquette, all equipment donated to Africa will have his softball number -- 20 -- hand-written on each item so that each kid will play with the love for the game that Coach Williquette would seek for us to play with.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world"
WHERE ARE WE SENDING EQUIPMENT?
As of now we are currently sending equipment to three countries in Africa...
- South Africa
We are also trying to find a way to get equipment to the following countries so if you or someone you know could be of any assistance in getting equipment to these places please let us know...
- Livingstone, Zambia
- Cape Town, South Africa
Once again, we are always looking for ways to expand and if you or someone you know would want to receive equipment in Africa to be used there in order to teach/spread the game loved by so many in the US, contact us so we can try and work it out!
HOW MUCH EQUIPMENT HAVE WE SENT?
We are always looking to send more equipment! As a result, we collect year round and with no limitations. Thanks to our Angels at Bat family, we have sent THOUSANDS of pieces of equipment to children in Kenya and Uganda.
(For more detail see link below)
To see the running count of equipment and the charity's history click the button below:
LOGISTICS: HOW DO WE DO IT?
How we get equipment...
Angels at Bat is a non-profit charity that is able to succeed only through the generosity of people and communities. This generosity usually comes in the form of equipment or monetary donations. We have received donations from individuals, teams, leagues, and organizations. Early in the charity's history, all donations came from the greater Green Bay, WI area. However, as the charity continues to grow, we are continuing to develop branches of the charity and now are able to collect equipment throughout the United States. We strive to organize ways for Angels at Bat to collect and gather equipment that communities have generously donated, even if this means traveling far distances in order to do so. Additionally, with money graciously donated through our GoFundMe page, we are able to purchase any additional equipment needed to bring and send to the children of Africa.
We collect baseball equipment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Angels at Bat is accepting equipment and looking for ways to expand and grow year round in order to continually fuel the fire that is the spread of baseball throughout the African continent.
How we send equipment...
Initially, we would only bring equipment with us as we would do service trips to teach baseball in Africa. This included our first trip to Africa (specifically Kenya) as my mother and I brought 19 suitcases filled with baseball equipment teaching baseball throughout Kenya. However, as the charity grew and grew, we have made connections that allow us to send equipment more often and without someone picking up the suitcase on the other side. We have been connected with the amazing group called -- American Friends of Kenya out of Norwich, CT. They send books and create libraries in Kenya and they generously told us we could fill some of their large shipping container with baseball equipment. In order to get baseball equipment to other parts of East Africa, we have connected with a wonderful man/driver named Justus Mwaka. He generously offered to drive the equipment delivered to other parts of East Africa.
Once again, Angels at Bat is always looking for ways to expand; as we grow to more and more countries in Africa, we are looking for new ways to send equipment to countries who are looking for and asking for equipment!
MORE IN-DEPTH STORY OF ANGELS AT BAT'S BEGINNINGS
We are constantly growing as an organization, so it is sometimes hard to see where this whole organization started from. For a more in-depth anecdotal story of how Angels at Bat started click the button below:
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BASEBALL?
We often wonder how baseball is growing in Africa when we are not there to witness it. We see lots of pictures of children using the equipment we have but we also wonder if they enjoy the sport. In response to this, we put together this video...