cheap nfl jerseys Go8w

Nearly 200 players from nine countries on four continents are living together in a melting pot called The Grove, a cluster of residential suites in the Little League complex that all come with a window into foreign ways of life.

Members of the New England champion Fairfield American team have been attentive students in a global cultures course where pingpong, not baseball, has emerged as the universal language.

In The Grove, the 11 Fairfield kids have hosted the Panama team in their suites and swapped commemorative team pins; they’ve learned to greet Asian players in a new tongue. cheap nfl jerseys They’ve shared a practice field with their new friends from Uganda, who as is their custom at home don’t wear shoes to practice.

The Fairfield kids also have taken a serious pause to realize they take many of life’s most basic needs for granted clean water chief among them.

For a group of athletes, it makes sense that the ping pong table would be a social magnet, one where the competition is friendly. It has attracted coaches, as well, who watch the joyful interaction in amazement.

“My best memory is going to be watching or playing ping pong against kids from Uganda,” said , the catcher’s dad and a coach. “I hope they all appreciate what it means. These are things that I’ve never done before in my life.”

Vancouver, Canada, pitcher said he’s enjoying the melting pot experience with kids from many cultures.

“Just meeting them and talking with them some don’t speak English but it’s just really fun to socialize with them,” he said.

Fairfield’s players have said the language barrier is not as big a problem as many would expect.

“Most teams have a couple of kids that speak English,” Clarkin said. “Some of the Japanese kids taught us a word in Japanese.”

“Konichiwa,” Clarkin said. “It means hello or how are you.”

When Fairfield received a call from manager on Friday, the players tested their new word out on the Stamford native, who managed in Japan for seven years.

“We said konichiwa’ to him,” Clarkin said. “And he answered in Japanese.”

Learning that bit of Japanese allows the Fairfield players to acknowledge greetings in another tongue. Paoletta said. “It’s amazing.”

There have been more serious lessons, too.

“(Uganda) was just happy they weren’t drinking brown water,” Clarkin said. “They were so happy because the water here out of the faucet is always clear and clean.”

Getting to know foreign players and watching their children interact with them has enlightened some coaches, too.

The best part about the new friendships, he said, is that the Fairfield kids will leave Williamsport with more than just memories and cell phone pictures.

“They’ve gotten phone numbers and email addresses from kids from all around the world,” he said.

After the World Series, however, some players will cross the sea and return to homes where there are no cell phones, no computers, not even clean water. equipforball For them, the simplest things will be the most cherished.

Asked what his greatest experience at the World Series has been, Ugandan infielder didn’t hesitate


Fa un review scurt sau un schimb de link