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SUIS Team Awesome Makes a Pitch!

June, 2014
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suis-mlbOn 6 June, Rick Dell, Director of Baseball Development, Asia for Major League Baseball (MLB) programs in China visited senior leaders and sports teachers of XIEHE Education at Shanghai United International School, Wan Yuan Campus. The function of his visit was to solidify MLB’s exclusive relationship in Shanghai with XIEHE Education subsidiary, Team Awesome International Youth Club. The partnership has been forged thanks to the vision of Dell and XIEHE’s Ricky Liu, and holds much potential for the development of baseball in China.

According to Liu, “Both parties are excited about the potential to reach new frontiers.” In September, both will become official partners. At this time, SUIS plans to host a pan-campus baseball extravaganza to get the community excited about baseball and thinking about what is possible.

Coaching workshops for SUIS PE teachers and Team Awesome staff will precede these events. According to Dell, this won’t be backyard ball with suburban dads, but rather, “Baseball the MLB way.” This means coaches will learn to facilitate warm-up activities and drills that relate specifically to honing baseball skills. The goal of this is salient player development and avoidance of injury. As Dell puts it, one mistake some baseball players in Asia make is “overdoing it.”

Team Awesome has already developed pinstriped baseball uniforms with a black swoosh and “Awesome” across the front. It is hoped these will have universal appeal, and perhaps, as Liu explains, baseball will “become a trend in other schools.” 

During Dell’s visit he donated a Louisville Slugger baseball bat to SUIS and Team Awesome, the same kind used by American and international professionals. As Dell left the campus, SUIS PE teacher, Justin Pele, could be seen swinging the brand new bat and fielding questions from interested students. This is only the beginning.   

 

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