SSWRMSA is a registered not‑for‑profit society but is not a charity and cannot issue tax-deductible receipts.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING PARTNERSHIP WITH
UGANDA BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION
"South Surrey White Rock Minor Softball Association will be the softball host for the Pearl of Africa Series Part II"
Ruth Hoffman is the brainchild behind the heartwarming initiative known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ that resulted in the Langley Little League baseball team representing Canada travelling to Uganda to play a series with Uganda’s Little League team after the Uganda team was denied visas to enter the U.S. to compete in the 2011 Little League World Series.
In an address to the hundreds in attendance, Ruth Hoffman stated, “In the summer of 2011 I saw an article in the newspaper about the Little League team in Uganda, Africa. This team of 11 and 12 year olds had won the right to play in the Little League World Series in the United States. It would have been the first time in history that an African team would play in the World Series. Their first game would have been against the Canadian team from Langley. Unfortunately, they couldn’t come. There were problems with their papers. I can’t imagine how disappointed they must have felt. So, together with the Canadian Langley team and Right To Play we created the Pearl of Africa Series. We called this The Pearl of Africa Series because Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa.”
Hoffman continued, “We raised money to take the Langley team to Uganda to play the game that should have been played at the World Series. The Uganda team won 2 – 1 but we were all winners. The players from both teams toured the country together playing other teams and becoming the best of friends. In addition, we brought all kinds of donated equipment from boys and girls, like you from across the country. We raised money to support the Uganda Baseball and Softball Association to build sports fields and to provide better education for the kids.
I am here today to announce that we are continuing this effort with the Pearl of Africa Series Part II. This time we will partner with the Commonwealth Games of Canada and the Roberto Clemente Foundation in the United States.
The major goal this time is to bring coaches from Uganda to Canada to learn how baseball and softball programs are run here. When these coaches return to Uganda they will be able to teach all of the other coaches what they learned so that the kids in Uganda will be able to enjoy the game even more and become better players.
I am thrilled today to share with you the news that the South Surrey White Rock Minor Softball Association will be the softball host for the Pearl of Africa Series Part II.”
David Harris commented, “Ruth Hoffman approached our association with this initiative and our executives voted unanimously to support this very worthy endeavour. We believe that SOFTBALL can make a POSITIVE difference in the lives of young people and we are proud to help bring this wonderful gift of sport to young women in Uganda. This initiative mirrors our association’s belief that better training for our coaches will result in better trained athletes. We want our athletes to reach their full potential and have a lifelong love of the sport.”
ABOUT SOUTH SURREY WHITE ROCK MINOR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION
South Surrey White Rock Minor Softball Association was established as a registered not‑for‑profit society in June 1994 and played our first season in 1995. The expressed purpose of the Society is to provide a healthy environment for the members of the Society to learn the fundamentals of the game of softball, and to foster the growth of honesty, integrity, self‑esteem, teamwork, and the belief of service to our community. SSWRMSA offers programs for boys and girls ages 5 to 22 years old.
SSWRMSA is a registered not‑for‑profit society but is not a charity and cannot issue tax-deductible receipts