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United States to Promote the Growth of Baseball in Nigeria


Russell Brooks, the Information Officer at the U.S. Embassy,Russell Brooks has said the U.S. was willing to partner with Nigeria to promote the game of baseball in the country. He said this yesterday in Abuja on the sidelines of a baseball youth programme in Abuja.

The seven days  youth baseball camp, organised by the U.S. embassy and  Baseball Tomorrow Academy, featured Jeremy Guthrie, a former major league baseball pitcher.

Brooks said: “Nigerians love sport and they share that in common with Americans.

“We are a sports crazy country and certainly any opportunity we have to promote collaboration between our countries is something we want to do,” he said.

“Today the children were able to put to use all the education and training about baseball which they received during the course of the programme.

“So they put it all together. We saw the pitchers doing a great job and the batters hitting the ball very well.

“That showed they had learnt a lot even with the few days they had with the former major league baseball player.

“Obviously, if they continue to play and have opportunities to receive good coaching, well I think the future is very bright for these young children.”

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