A new youth baseball experience is coming to St. Thomas, Jamaica! Through a collaborative effort among 4 schools, the newly formed St. Thomas Baseball League will begin its inaugural season in April 2020.
The League has been formed by the Andrew Dixon Foundation to help develop baseball in Jamaica and to provide positive opportunities for at-risk youths.
The following 4 schools from throughout St. Thomas will be participating in the inaugural season of the St. Thomas Baseball League: Yallahs Primary, Easington Primary, St.Thomas Hill View Prep, and Morant Bay Primary. Games will be played Thursdays and Fridays. The season will consist of a 9 game schedule followed by 2 semi-final playoff games and a championship game. “The response has been tremendous. This is a great opportunity for the youths and the participating schools”, states Andrew Dixon, founder and President. “It is our desire to utilize game of baseball to provide opportunities that can lift young people out of difficult situations they may be facing”.
In 2010 the Ministry of Education endorsed the Andrew Dixon Foundation as yet another step in diversifying the reach of the Physical Education curriculum in Primary and Secondary schools. Since then the Foundation has continued to sponsor baseball clinics and charity events throughout the island.
The St. Thomas community is eagerly awaiting the start of the league. Several businesses have expressed interest in partnering with the Foundation to ensure this initiative is a success. KLAS Sports Radio, 89.9 FM is on board to serve as the league exclusive radio station for reporting game results, Other supporters include, but not limited to, Dennis Shipping, Jamaica Gleaner, Pitch In for Baseball, Globall Giving, Play It Again Sports, Caribbean Radio Show, and several Major League Baseball Teams.
The Foundation will also partner with Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), a Major League Baseball youth outreach program designed to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth.