January 2014

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Introducing baseball around the world one village at a time Children are playing baseball at the base of a volcano in the heart of the jungle. In the village of Bongo, in Chiriqui, Panama, boys and girls ages 6 to 12 are swinging for the fences, rounding the bases and falling in love with America's pastime, thanks in large part to a relatively new outfit called More Than a Game. "The hunger to play baseball is there, but there is nowhere to play in locations like Bongo," says Tim Fanning. "It's not an uncommon situation. The children want to play and learn the game, but they have no field, no equipment and no idea how to play." Fanning is the head baseball coach at Glenwood High School in Phenix City, AL. He is also the co-founder of More Than a Game. Established in 2010, Fanning and co-founder Marshall Murray formed the organization to serve communities using the vehicle they knew best: baseball. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization seeks to teach baseball to the next generation. Not long after its formation, More Than a Game divided its efforts into two fronts. Murray's focus is local, planning youth baseball clinics and other community projects. Fanning's focus is global, aiming to bring baseball to those who haven't had the opportunity to play. Continued on page 49 January 2014 | SportsTurf 41

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