An avid baseball player from Orinda, California, Nick Dutto, started the first baseball team in the history of Ethiopia. Nick, a sophomore in high school, volunteered in July 2016, along with his parents, brother and Ethiopian adopted sister to build a baseball diamond and teach the children of Aleta Wondo how to play baseball. He raised over $ 6,500 through a GoFundMe campaign called “MAKE A PLAY ON POVERTY”
He successfully reached his goal to build a baseball field at the school. He distributed donated gloves, baseballs, helmets and bats. He taught the children the rules of the game, showed videos of American games, handed out baseball cards, and trained them on the field. He held a tournament and had a party to celebrate the opening day. It is a beautiful example of a highly successful cross-cultural exchange by a truly hard-working and committed baseball player. Way to play Nick!