JKUAT Baseball Grounds Draws Industry Magnates

Prof. Robert Kinyua (left) and Tom Wallace interact during the event

The recently unveiled baseball grounds at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) served as a focal point for a corporate baseball tournament. In another first for the University, the event attracted a big network of top talent drawn from local and international community.

 Dasharn Chandaria, CEO and Director, Chandaria industries, who is player and a fan of the game, was in awe at the turn out of the event saying, “I never thought that this was possible.”

He expressed his desire to continue supporting similar events noting that while the corporate event primarily focused on fostering connections and celebrating the spirit of competition, it also highlighted the significance of social responsibility.

Darshan Chandaria gives his remarks

The corporate event dubbed: The Stars & Stripes Softball Celebration transcended the baseball sport. It attracted professionals from various sectors, including, manufacturing, and agriculture. The primary purpose of the games was to explore and test the new softball field complex at JKUAT which is supported by IfWeBuildIt.org.  Through this initiative, the organization strives to provide equal opportunities for young boys and girls in sports, education, and international competition.

Speaking during the opening ceremony Saturday, July 8, 2023, JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, stated that it was through the concerted efforts of various partners that the baseball facility has taken shape.

“Our dedicated team, in collaboration with the Nairobi American Buffaloes and their partners, have worked tirelessly to transform our dreams into a reality. The field, now known as “Nairobi Field of Dreams,” is currently taking shape with the hope of having the complex completed within the shortest time possible. We envision a facility that will not only enhance the lives of our student-athletes but also create a lasting impact on our university and the community.” said Prof. Ngumi.

Team Buffaloes in action

In a speech read on her behalf by the Deputy Vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua, the Vice Chancellor acknowledged the work done by Thomas Wallace, Director IfWeBuidIt.Org, for the mobilization of resources towards the baseball facility.

The event featured an electrifying display of skill and sportsmanship as the North American and Japanese teams competed against a formidable Kenya All-Stars team and a select Celebrity team of professionals from various sectors including businesses, non-profit, sports and entertainment. The Kenya All-Star team which featured JKUAT students took the day.

Among other attendees were: JICA lead by Kenji Hayashi, Executive Director, Amnesty International Kenya, Mr. Irungu Houghton, CEO of American Chamber of Commerce Kenya, Maxwell Okello, Katarina Karanja, Tennis professional, President Kenya Softball Federation, Francis Irungu,, and Titus Mutwiri, President Baseball Federation of Kenya, among others.

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