Duo develops nonprofit organization, Baseball in Benin

Gary Tonsager, president of Baseball in Benin, and Wally Langfellow, vice president, speak to a group of Benin baseball players after a practice. They suggested practice techniques to work on during the week. (Submitted photo)

Gary Tonsager, president of Baseball in Benin, and Wally Langfellow, vice president, speak to a group of Benin baseball players after a practice. They suggested practice techniques to work on during the week. (Submitted photo)

Baseball is known as America’s pastime, and with the help from Gary Tonsager and Wally Langfellow, baseball is being taught in Benin, a small West African country.

For the last four years, the two Armstrong Cooper Youth Baseball Association members have created Baseball in Benin. The organization teaches baseball to children in Benin, with the chance that they someday create leagues, build baseball fields and even come to America to play baseball. Their recent trip to Benin allowed them to achieve all three of those focuses.

“The kids know the basics like catching, throwing, hitting and pitching,” Langfellow said. “The reason why we were there was to drop off new equipment for the kids and teach them the smaller details regarding baseball.”

The purpose of the 10-day trip was to watch the children practice, attend baseball camps and to select 12 children to visit the U.S. to play in the fourth annual Wood Bat Tournament in early August.

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