Dear Coaches, Colleagues and Friends
As an International Instructor with the United States Sports Academy, I have had the good fortune and blessing to travel to Malaysia several times to teach sports and physical educators as part of the International Diploma in Physical Education and Sports Coaching (IDPESC for short) offered to Malaysia teachers through the United States Sports Academy. Throughout my travels I have always promoted softball, to which in the beginning, I got a lot of blank stares and questions related to "what is softball?" Last year, I stumbled across a group of kids practicing softball, and low and behold, it was a girls 16U High School softball team practicing for the state tournament (there is also a boys 16U team).
I am writing this to reach out to all the softball coaches I am connected to, whether we have met in person or just here on LinkedIn, softball is so new to Malaysia that many of these programs have little or no equipment to use for games or practices, or what they have is well-used or outdated. I am working with their coach to put together instructional camps during my next trip to Malaysia (next month), and together we are seeking any sort of equipment donations for their programs that we can find. They desperately need bats, gloves, or any aids such as practice ideas or plans, videos, etc... to aid the growth of softball in Malaysia, and to establish the sport further in Southeast Asia. If your a head coach, think of what it would mean to your community, school and program to have the chance to reach out to our softball brothers and sisters and help them along, much as we all were helped early in our careers. If your an assistant coach, encourage your head coach or school or community to become involved with the spread and growth of softball in Malaysia ahead of the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo? And if your like me, a coach and player, rummage through your equipment, discover what you don't need that may be gently used, and donate it, And if your a softball retailer, here is an excellent opportunity to help softball in another country and to become involved in its growth outside the US. I certainly did and found not only things I can donate, but also technology, I have a hitting analysis program on my IPad, I plan to bring with me this trip to aid these wonderful ladies (guys too) and their coaches. Lets all make a difference in softball, please help me, us?
I can be reached through Facebook, LinkedIn, and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your time.