KUSA — The Dominican Republic is known for producing world class baseball talent, just take a look at any Major League Baseball roster. However, in the Dominican, the country has an untapped market in a similar sport. It’s a sport where teamwork determines success.
“It’s a great game. It teaches you a lot about life,” says Chaparral junior Emily Moore.
Emily and the Chaparral softball team have come together and started a program called “The Diamond Project.” It will provide opportunities for girls in the Dominican Republic to experience the game the Wolverines love to play.
“We haven’t really heard of them getting much opportunity down there with softball and so we just took the gear that we don’t use anymore and decided to give them a chance,” explains Moore.
It’s not just Chaparral that’s donating, they’re getting their opponents involved as well.
“We’re collecting softball gear at each one of our games that we play and we’re going to send it all to the Dominican Republic when we’re finished collecting the gear,” Moore said.
The project is taking off.
Emily and the Wolverines have collected a lot of gear already and continue to get more every day. “They don’t have as much stuff as we do so we just decided to help the girls there and teach them the game,” said Moore.
Chaparral will continue to gather gear through the state tournament and will then send multiple shipments to the Dominican Republic.
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