by Patricia Brintle
During the summer of 2019, Brianna Janicek and Jessica Shaw visited From Here to Haiti headquarters seeking assistance to form a girl softball team in Haiti and run a three-month program that would culminate in a tournament. This was with the goal of obtaining their Gold award, the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA.
The young women did not flinch when they were told that the game is unknown in Haiti; instead they were challenged to introduce the game to the Caribbean island and when it was proposed to the diocesan youth director in Jeremie he gladly took on the challenge.
The girls shipped a barrel filled with softball equipment for two teams then raised funds to pay the coaches and for various expenses associated with three months of training. The girls periodically send instructional videos of themselves to help the Haitian team with their form.
“Team Jessica” and “Team Brianna” were formed and are now learning to pitch, bat, catch and throw a curve ball.
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