English girl is taught softball by the Americans!

Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
Trip End Sep 29, 2012

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The Art House Medellin
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

So I have been continuing to volunteer full time at Angeles de Medellin, social foundation for displaced and poor people, families and children in the mountains surrounding Medellin, Colombia.

Seeing the familiar faces, smiles on the children's faces every day fills me with energy I cannot describe. I've also been pretty exhausted too because of my first attempt at learning to play slow pitch Softball. I called it Baseball first of all and stand corrected! Difference in the pitching hence the name and the ball, is bigger, and well a bit softer than a baseball.

The kids have absolutely loved it and the director of the foundation Marcos, used to be a sports coach so we are in all good hands. 

We have been putting to good use baseball equipment donated by an American; bats, gloves, balls and helmets. There's a small clearing pretty much surrounded by a swamp, not great for when the ball ends up in it and we are tip toeing into the grass trying to retrieve the ball. 

One day when we went to play, Marcos had to clear the donkey or horse poo from the middle of the field, another day we lost one of our balls to what we've named the 'Beast' , according to my American friend this was almost a scene from the film 'Sandlot'. There was a comedy scene, when the dog running ahead smug with the ball lodged in it's mouth, the kids running behind around in a circle the perimeter of the softball pitch, Marcos, I and the other volunteers were bent over laughing. The dog got near to Marcos as he tried to coax it from his mouth, turned around and smiled to find the dog paws in the air begging and more laughter echoed around the field. What a funny day and great photos to match.

Through sports we can teach a lot to the kids here. Discipline, importance of teamwork, practice makes perfect and respect. We start each game with practice of throwing, catching and then batting,  We then start the full game and it has been wonderful to see some of the kids already become focused, more determined to win and succeed. 

I particularly like it when in softball someone is 'out' and in English all the kids eagerly shout out 'Bye, Bye' and wave in unison, as the player walks their long walk to the sideline.

 Great comradery between everyone and a hell of a lot of fun. 

We're going to be doing more sports soon as we will be having the next Children's Party on Saturday 21st July and it will be Olympics themed to coincide with the UK Olympics 2012, we cannot wait and we always need donations to make these parties successful. 

If you would like to donate money that goes towards the kids and families please use my 'Support my Travels' link from this site and 100% of your donations will go to the foundation and you will become an Angel of Medellin!

Now to go get some rest from all this exercise.
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