Major Leagues, in conjunction with the US Baseball Federation, announces an alliance with the Government of Mexico to bring the “Fun At Bat” program to primary schools throughout the country
The Major Leagues in conjunction with the United States Baseball Federation announced an alliance with the government of Mexico to bring elementary schools across the country its “Fun At Bat” program, which has been designed to teach children the basics of baseball during physical education classes.
The program has been running in schools in the United States and Puerto Rico since 2016 and, according to Major League Baseball (MLB), has so far reached one million children.
The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador , created this year the Office of the President for the Promotion and Development of Baseball in Mexico (PROBEIS), which will be MLB’s partner in this project, which is expected to be useful for 1.3 million from students.
Among the initiatives of PROBEIS is to encourage that sport to try to bring more Mexican players to the Major Leagues.
The “Fun At Bat” program promotes the teaching of basic baseball skills , is available in English and Spanish and includes literature that teaches fundamentals of leadership, teamwork and responsibility.
The future of baseball in Mexico is bright and this collective effort between MLB, USA Baseball and PROBEIS will contribute greatly to that end, “said Tony Reagins , MLB’s executive vice president for baseball and softball development.” Fun At Bat It will give the children of Mexico the opportunity to discover the game through its most basic levels, which we believe will be the beginning of a lifelong passion for baseball. “
López Obrador met in the capital of the country with Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred on May 6, a day after a regular season series of two games between the Houston Astros and the Angels will take place. The Angels.
That was the second regular season series that took place this year in Monterrey, in the north of the country.
The Major Leagues have scheduled regular season games in Mexico until 2021 .
“We could not be more excited about this historic opportunity to formally implement baseball in elementary schools in Mexico as part of our strategy to develop and promote sports as instructed by President López Obrador,” said Edgar Gonzalez, the director of PROBEIS. “Teachers are the backbone of social development and it’s exciting that they are participating in this amazing program.”
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