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US Embassy supports Ghana Baseball and Softball Associations

Accra, July 30, GNA – The United States (US)
Embassy has presented various items to the Ghana Baseball and Softball
Association (GBSA) to enhance their efforts.

The donation, which included bats, balls and
gloves, was expected to be used by the nation’s junior and senior national
teams as they prepare for international competitions.

A statement from the U.S. Embassy and copied
the Ghana News Agency on Sunday said the staff of the Embassy secured the
support through a grant from the J. Kirby Simon Foreign Service Trust.

Jamiu Salami, Ghana national head coach of the
GBSA said: “The equipment that was granted to us by the J. Kirby Simon Foreign
Service Trust is going to help Ghana’s Little League team in a long way, as we
all know that Little League players grow to become big league players,”

“The gift from the Americans will help in
the development of baseball in Ghana,” Mr Salami said.

He said baseball and softball means a lot and
expressed the hope that more collaborations would be made between U.S. Embassy
and other American entities in the country.

He said “I will be most grateful if our dreams
of producing Ghanaian players in Major League Baseball become a reality.”

Mr Jano Carlson, the U.S. Embassy Defense
Attaché, said “just two months ago, we saw South Africa’s Gift Ngoepe become
the first African-born player in Major League Baseball.

We would absolutely love to see Ghanaians also
join the ranks of MLB players.

We’ve played some friendly games against
Ghanaian teams and have seen first-hand that they are truly exceptional players
with tremendous passion for these sports, Mr Carlson said.

Mr Carlson said  the donation from the Trust to Ghana’s
baseball and softball teams provides much-needed equipment to both teams and
hopefully, it would help to grow the bilateral relation and to even attract new
players.

The statement said the J. Kirby Simon Foreign
Service Trust is a charitable fund established in the memory of Kirby Simon, a
Foreign Service officer, who died in 1995 while serving in Taiwan.

The Trust makes small grants on a competitive
basis to individuals affiliated with U.S. embassies and consulates around the
world.

The Trust is also committed to expanding the
opportunities for community service, professional fulfillment and personal
well-being of Foreign Service officers, specialists and their families.

It is being funded with contributions from
Kirby Simon’s colleagues, friends and relatives.

GNA

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