Africa’s baseball star visits local kids

2017-12-05 06:00

Africa’s baseball star Gift Ngoepe is in Cape Town for a few days as a guest of Play Sport 4 Life (PS4L).

Ngoepe has been playing professional baseball in the United States for the past nine years.

His talents were rewarded in April when he was called up to the major league team of the Pirates to give backup for a few players who were injured. He spent a month in the “big leagues”, making him the first and only African-born player in major league baseball this ­century.

Once the injured players returned to full fitness, Ngoepe was released back to the Pirates’ AAA team.

His talents were noticed by other organisations and two weeks ago the Toronto Blue Jays bought his services from the Pirates.

PS4L director Miles October says he and his team worked hard behind the scenes to bring him to Cape Town to be part of their baseball and softball holiday programme because his life story can resonate with the children the programme serves.

Ngoepe will be in Philippi on Friday as part of the programme.

V For more information on the PS4L holiday programme call Carolyn on 083 286 7199.

Africa’s baseball star Gift Ngoepe is in Cape Town for a few days as a guest of Play Sport 4 Life (PS4L).

Ngoepe has been playing professional baseball in the United States for the past nine years as part of the Pittsburgh Pirates organisation.

His talents were rewarded in April when he was called up to the major league team of the Pirates to give backup for a few players who were injured.

He spent a month in the “big leagues”, making him the first and only African-born player in major league baseball this century.

Once the injured players returned to full fitness, Ngoepe was released back to the Pirates’ AAA team, the Indianapolis Indians.

His talents were noticed by other organisations and two weeks ago the Toronto Blue Jays bought his services from the ­Pirates.

PS4L director Miles October says he and his team worked hard behind the scenes to bring him to Cape Town to be part of their baseball and softball holiday programme because his life story can resonate with the children the programme serves.

PS4L is a non-profit organisationbased in District Six aiming to improve the lives and well-being of disadvantaged communities through using sport and a healthy lifestyle as a vehicle.

By promoting a passion for sport, the organisation believe it will lead to an improvement in the lives of those involved.

Ngoepe will be in Philippi on Friday as part of the programme.

V For more information on the PS4L holiday programme call Carolyn on 083 286 7199.

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