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Images from Afghanistan

June 10, 2009

Operation Enduring Freedom, originally uploaded by US Army Korea – IMCOM.

The first Afghan girl ever to own a glove and baseball plays catch during a baseball game in Orgun, Afghanistan, August 16, 2002. Jay Smith from the 96th Civil Affairs battalion at Camp Harriman received 4 gloves from his sister and she said “that one of the gloves had to go to an Afghan girl.” This little girl showed up on the first practice and since then she has showed up to every game with her glove and ball.

The first ever Afghan little league consisting of two teams the Eagles (“Sahein” in Arabic) and The Afghan Club, play baseball every Friday. Each team has a roster of 15 kids coached by soldiers from Camp Harriman. This league started with one ball and one glove sent to Jay Smith from the 96th Civil Affairs battalion forward deployed to Camp Harriman, Orgun Afghanistan. Local boys joined the men in playing catch and batting. Within weeks, dozens of Afghan boys had taken up the sport and were mastering the rules to form the little league teams. In support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2009 3:11 pm

    I love this story. Go, girl!

  2. June 10, 2009 4:34 pm

    I think that is awesome! Makes me want to send some mitts to Afghanistan.

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