25 June 2008

Ghana: Ghabsa to Honour Bush, Aliu Mahamah And Bridgewater

The efforts of the US President George Bush, vice President, Aliu Mahamah and outgoing US ambassador Pamela Bridgewater, in the development of base ball in Ghana has caught the eyes of the Ghana Baseball and Softball Association (GHABSA).

Baring any unforeseen circumstances, the association will decorate the trio with special honours as the sport's Patrons, at a special function to be announced later.

The President of GHABSA Rev Albert Seth Ocran revealed in Accra yesterday that "The three personalities have demonstrated unflinching support for baseball and we think it's just fitting to reward their efforts."

"Ms Bridgewater spends several hours with the team anytime we organize competitions at Tema, and there will be no other way to bid her farewell than to accord her the award," said Rev Ocran.

Rev Ocran pointed out that " We want to show appreciation to them by the awards. Because of the very tight schedule of the US ambassador and the US President, the award presentation will be done at the sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of a baseball Stadium at the University of Ghana, Legon."

Presenting its mid-year report on Ghana baseball to the National Sports Council (NSC), Rev Ocran outlined its five year development plan which seeks to spread baseball across the country, by constructing a baseball field, train coaches and umpires, involve more corporate bodies, among others.

And as part of plans to entrench the sport in basic schools, the association is working with the USAID to introduce baseball and softball in the first and second cycle schools and hopes to hold a coaching clinic for some physical education teachers who would then teach the sport in their schools.

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