A West Hartford youth baseball team is packing their bags and pounds of supplies Saturday morning as they get ready to take part in a historic trip to Cuba.
The trip is part of a USA-Cuba Goodwill Tour with the hope of using baseball to promote diplomacy and forge new relationships amongst the next generation.
In addition to heading to the island nation to play baseball, the team of 14-year-old will bring with them sports equipment, school supplies, musical instruments, first aid kits and much more. More than 1,000 pounds of donated supplies is being sent down with the team.
"It's going to be awesome, just to really see the cultural experience through baseball because those kids bleed baseball," Andrew Gingold, of West Hartford, said.
The 18 players and their coaches will spend a week in Cuba, playing baseball and donating the supplies in visits to local schools. Additionally, the team will take part in several cultural activities.
"It's an opportunity to form relationships on a one to one basis, group to group basis at the youth level and that's something that will set us on a nice path for hopefully generations and more to come," Tim Brennan, who is the team's assistant coach, said.
The trip comes just a month after President Barack Obama's historic visit to Cuba.
"Just having fun and giving out stuff to kids that don't have it," Ben Brockway, of West Hartford, said.
A team from Cuba will come to visit the West Hartford team in July.
For more information on the trips you can check out the organizations website here.
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