Goodlettsville Little Leaguers Plan Trip To Africa
By: Heather Graf
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. - The U.S. Champion Little League All-Stars from Goodlettsville have found yet another way to make us proud. This time, it has nothing to do with their performance on the baseball diamond.
When they went to the World Series this summer, the Tennessee team became fast friends with the little leaguers from Uganda.
They were shocked to learn many of the Uganda team members didn't have uniforms or even shoes to play in and often walked miles just to get to a game or practice.
"They have nothing," said Goodlettsville All Star Jonathan Seals. "The fields they play on are not good, and we just want to help them."
That's why the Goodlettsville boys are now planning a trip to Africa. The goal is to raise $200,000, to help their Ugandan friends get the baseball equipment and facilities they deserve.
"I mean, their eyes are opened," said Goodlettsville Coach Joey Hale. "One question that was brought to our kids from the team in Uganda was why does everyone in America complain so much? Because we have everything. That's literally what the kids asked, what are you complaining about so much, because you have everything."
The question really had an impact on the kids from Goodlettsville.
Saturday night, they held a spaghetti dinner to raise money for their mission. Former major league manager Tommy Lasorda even made an appearance at the event, and commended the team on its desire to help the team from Uganda.
"They'll get over there, and they'll see what it's like over there, and they'll appreciate what they've got over here, more than before," he said.