Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Afghanistan and Baseball

As I was watching President Obama speak to the Nation last night, it reminded me of this article posted by Eric at Pitchers & Poets.

If only Baseball can bring Peace worldwide.

Pix posted at Flickr

Soldiers from Camp Harriman and Afghan little league athletes are participating in a Friday morning baseball game on August 16, 2002. The first ever Afghan little league consisting of two teams the Eagles ("Sahein" in Arabic) and The Afghan Club, play baseball every Friday. Each team has a roster of 15 kids coached by soldiers from Camp Harriman. This league started with one ball and one glove sent to Jay Smith from the 96th Civil Affairs battalion forward deployed to Camp Harriman, Orgun Afghanistan. Local boys joined the men in playing catch and batting. Within weeks, dozens of Afghan boys had taken up the sport and were mastering the rules to form the little league teams. In support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class (SW/DV) Eric Lippmann) (Released)

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