Rotary Interact Clubs Help PBPR With Equipment Drive

Kids at batting cage

Eight Rotary Interact Clubs in western and central Kentucky  or Rotary District 6710, sponsored a used baseball equipment drive in their communities. The success of the drive was evident when the first batch of equipment was delivered to Prestonsburg High School in time of retire baseball camp. The PHS baseball coaches and players organized a camp for players ranging in age of 6-14 years old in their area. In the past, the fee for the camp was $45, however, due to the sponsorship of the school team, approximately 50 youth players were able to attend for free.

Many of the students leading the equipment drive were victims of the tornados that devastated Western Kentucky earlier this year. The Interactors said many people assisted them during their time of need and they wanted to return the favor for the youth of Eastern Kentucky.

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Award Goes to PBPR and Prospect-Goshen Rotary Club

PBPR members accepting award

The Prospect-Goshen Rotary Club and Play Ball Puerto Rico received the award for “Best International Service Project-Ongoing,” from the Rotary District Governor Nancy Stearman. The award was given to representatives of both organizations during the Rotary District 6710 Conference in May. PBPR recieved the award for being the best new project outside of the United States in the district. Huge thanks to Jack Stengel, Rotarian and PBPR board member for preparing the applications.

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Iván Calderón de Loíza Municipal Sports Academy receives the support of Play Ball Puerto Rico

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Periódico Presencia: The mayor of Loíza, Julia Nazario Fuentes, reported on the progress being made by the Iván Calderón Municipal Sports Academy, whose directors received a group of Rotarians from Puerto Rico, together with the organization PlayBall Puerto Rico, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to contributing to sports in communities impacted by natural disasters. The group contributed $1,500 for equipment and materials. 

Read the full article in Spanish, or read the Google Translation into English.

Play Ball Puerto Rico completes the first Advisory Board meeting of 2022

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The Play Ball Puerto Rico (PBPR) advisory board met on February 27th, 2022 and completed an exhaustive agenda, including:

  • The board approved the Final Report on the Aguadilla Project and published “lessons learned” for the advancement of our next two locations in Ponce, PR and Dorado, PR.
  • PBPR’s firm relationship with Louisville Slugger continues with a fundraising project. Louisville Slugger donated a professional Slugger glove which our partners in Puerto Rico will have signed by Major League stars from PR. This signed glove will be offered for auction using a third party sports memorabilia auction house.
  • PBPR is expanding our “e” reach by accepting individuals input for supportive activities via our website exchanges!
  • We’re also continuing our strategic partnerships with Rotary and United Nations Association across three geographic locations.