I Love Baseball® Helps Dominican Players Develop Character Alongside Talent

    Silverdale, WA – August 22, 2012 – Recent baseball news is full of stories like those of Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon, the Major League players who were found guilty in the past week of taking performance-enhancing drugs. Cabrera and Colon are two of more than ninety current Major League Baseball players born in the Dominican Republic, a country where baseball is often seen as a boy’s only ticket out of poverty. The intense desire to compete and succeed often leads players to make poor decisions. Many young men in the Dominican Republic drop out of school, neglect their families, and compromise their morals in pursuit of money and the big league dream.

    Children of the Nations (COTN) has come to understand that the lack of education, leadership, and character development are among the biggest problems facing young men in the Dominican Republic. That’s why, in 2008, COTN opened the I Love Baseball program in Barahona, Dominican Republic. The vision of the I Love Baseball program is to give Dominican youth a place where they can pursue their dream of playing baseball while at the same time getting an education, living a balanced life socially, and building strong moral character.

    Players enrolled in the I Love Baseball program receive expert coaching and training, daily meals, schooling, and mentorship. Our goal is to improve the outlook of impoverished young men in the Dominican Republic by encouraging them to live a well-rounded life and showing them that certain things—namely education and character—are just as important as baseball.

    Children of the Nations is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children who transform nations. The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, providing holistic care to orphaned and destitute children. For more information, visit www.cotni.org.

    For more information contact:
    Pam Wright, Senior Director – Advancement
    360-698-7227 / pamwright@cotni.org