VENUE :ONENE DJAN SPORTS STADIUM, ACCRA
DATE : TUEDSAY, JUNE 24, 2008
TIME : 10:00 AM
SPEECH DAY : REV. ALBERT SETH OCRAN (GHABSA PRESIDENT)
MID-YEAR REPORT ON GHANA BASEBALL
The Chief Executive of the National Sports Council, Hounourable Prince Oduro-Mensah, and the other staff of the Council present, Executive Members of Ghana Baseball and Softball Association (GHABSA), Staff of Royal Dalex, Stakeholders of baseball and softball in Ghana, Representatives of the Media, Ladies and Gentleman. Thank you very much for responding to our call to meet with you to share on some developments pertaining to Ghana Baseball.
As we promised some representatives of the media we met in March this year at Legon during the baseball exhibition games, we hope to be interacting with you more often since you are the ones who would help us grow baseball and softball in Ghana.
The purpose for our meeting today is to share the following:
- THE FIRST ECOWAS LITTLE LEAGUE COMPETITION
This is a competition being organised by the Africa Baseball and Softball Association involving Six (6) nations: Ghana, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Togo, Mali and Burkina Faso.
The competition should have been held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in May but due to some financial difficulties faced by the organizers it was re-scheduled to 27th – 30th June.
As we speak plans are on the way for it to be held between July 11th – 14th, 2008 and still in Burkina Faso to enable all participating countries get fully prepared for the competition. The Ghana teams have been selected and are preparing seriously to bring honours to the country.
All attempts we have made to get sponsorship from government and corporate bodies have been without much success especially financially. We appreciate companies like Voltic, Vicdoris Pharmaceuticals and Freneva pharmacy who have so far given us some of their products. We are calling on other corporate bodies to support us financially to enable these future stars go to Burkina Faso to participate in this historic competition.
- THE AWARDS PROGRAMME
As has been communicated to the media houses, GHABSA had planned to award the President of the United State of America, Mr. George Bush, the Vice President of Ghana, Alhaji Aliu Mahama and the US Ambassador, Ms Pamela Bridgewater as Life Patrons for Baseball and Softball in Ghana on 2nd July, 2008.
This is because these individuals have demonstrated keen interest in the development of the sport in Ghana. We want to show our appreciation to them with these awards. Because of the very tight schedule of the USA Ambassador the award presentation to her and the president of the US would be done at the sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of a Baseball Stadium at the University of Ghana, Legon. The date for the award to the Vice President would be confirmed later.
We would be organizing another awards programme next year for other
- FIVE (5) YEAR DEVELOPMENT PLAN
A 5-year development plan (2009 – 2014) has been drawn and we would today present it to the Chief Executive of the National Sports Council for study and support and also onward presentation to the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports.
We would be formally launching this plan at another occasion to allow the public get to know our intention and to solicit their support.
- FUTURE PROGRAMMES
(a) We are working together with USAID to introduce baseball and softball in the first and second cycle schools. We hope to hold a coaching Clinic for some Physical Education teachers who would then teach the sport in their schools.
(b) There is going to be a baseball exhibition game during the National Basic Schools Sports Festival in August 2008 in Cape Coast.
(c) We have sent proposals out Kasapa for sponsorship to enable us revive our leagues. We hope to call on many other sponsors to come on board to support our efforts in this direction.
We are very grateful to the media houses and personnel and houses who have been assisting us propagate the games of baseball and softball partners like Major League Baseball, Little League International, Association of Friends of African Baseball (Japan), Africa Development Foundation, USAID, Homerun Heroes (USA), World Vision, among others are appreciated. We are looking forward to more collaboration.
We at GHABSA believe that if corporate Ghana World support our effort, Baseball would bring about a lot of development to their business and the country as a whole as has happened in a country like Dominican Republic.
Thank you once again for coming.