PMS baseball players headed to Cuba for cultural exchange

Left to Right: Clemens Conrad, Ryan McMurtry, Aidan Stewart, Mason Gray, Dylan Toyama, Jack Dahling, Ben McMurtry, Orion Sachs, Jonah Cha-Foster, Zachary Cha-Foster

From April 5 – 11 over PUSD’s spring break, ten Piedmont Middle School students and their families will be traveling to Cuba for a cultural exchange to see and experience the country through their love of baseball. Our Piedmont team will be playing games against some of Cuba’s finest young players and will receive baseball training from experienced Cuban coaches. This trip is designed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our students. Our kids will have the opportunity to play competitive baseball on Havana’s storied fields, meet and interact with Cuban youth and develop memorable relationships rooted in a love of baseball. They will not only get the opportunity to visit this beautiful island and learn about its history (and practice their Spanish speaking skills!) but most importantly, they will gain valuable perspective and understanding firsthand about one of the world’s most unique countries. 

This cultural exchange is coordinated by Baseball Beyond Borders, a non-profit founded by former professional Cuban baseball player Michel Rodriguez, owner of 365 Baseball and Softball Academy. Michel started this organization to support the Cuban people and offer American kids the unique opportunity to connect with Cuban youth through a shared passion for baseball. 

The group is fundraising to support financial needs of players making the trip, uniforms, balls and the cost of a professional coach. Players will also be collecting baseball gear to donate to the Cuban youth baseball community.

If you’d like to help send our Piedmont team to Cuba or would like more information, contact Mike Gray at mjgray@gmail.com.

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