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Kuwait Little League Newsletter 2007/08
Volume 3, Issue 2, February 15

Opening Day Ceremonies
event and the sun. The sun decided to peek out about 90 minutes before the official ceremonies. But not even the clouds in the sky could put a damper on the festive spirit. It is amazing the changes that have taken place in less than a month. The infields in three of the four playing fields have been covered in sod; bleachers have been put in, and covered; a food kiosk has been added; a play area for young children has been placed in the area at the center of all the fields.

(photo courtesy of Ana Maria Misenheimer)

Opening Day ceremonies were held on
Friday, January 11, 2008. Alan Misenheimer, the Chargé D’Affaires of the American Embassy, had the honor of throwing out the official first ball of the Kuwait Little League season. His wife was also one of Kuwait Little League’s special guests. Bunting in Kuwaiti and American flag colors flew, and at the end of the opening parade, both the Kuwait flag and the American flag were carried onto Selem Field by Boy Scouts. Both National Anthems were played. Many players knew the words to both songs. It was a very impressive event. The only downside was the lack of coordination between the planners of the

(photo courtesy of Arab Times)

A Visit with the President On Saturday, January 11, 2008, last
year’s KLL traveling teams had the

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From the KLL Dugout In the old days our parents let us go to
neighborhood parks to play until dark without worries. Nowadays the situation is different; our children can only play in their back yards without supervision from adults. Kuwait Little League is your neighborhood park. Everyone who comes here is involved: some are coaching, some are keeping scores for the games, some are managing the team in the dugouts, some are selling hot dogs and burgers, some are umpiring the games, some are playing the game and some cheering. Every week-end we have more than 300 families doing something in KLL Neighborhood Park. KLL is not just to teach our children sportsmanship, teamwork and discipline through the sport of baseball; it gives families an opportunity to cooperate and to be involved to make sure that our children learn and that everyone has fun. Hesham Al-Awwad

Getting Ready for the Dubai Tournament
Plans are underway for
the 2008 Little League tournament in Dubai, March 20-22. The travel teams have been chosen. This year five teams will make the trip to Dubai including teams from the following divisions: Girls Softball, Juniors, Majors (2 teams) and Minors. The KLL board and parent volunteers are working on the logistics of moving this many young people and their parents from Kuwait to Dubai and from the hotel to the Dubai Little League complex. Eight countries will be represented in this year’s tournament: Dhahran, KSA, Kuwait, Lithuania, Qatar, Slovenia, South Korea, Uganda, as well as the host, Dubai. Watch this space for more information about this excellent opportunity for the kids to practice sportsmanship and etiquette in Dubai.

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Meet the Sponsors

his efforts, the majority of supplies for McDonald’s come from Kuwait and other Arab countries. If you still hungry after a weekend game, stop by McDonald’s on the way home. If you can’t drive by, visit their website at http://www.mcdonaldsarabia.com

This year one of the sponsors of Kuwait Little League is Zain, formerly MTC. The telecommunications company is the proud sponsor of four KLL teams this year: Marlins (Tee-ball), Marlins (Minors), Orioles (Majors 2), and Rays (Majors). In appreciation of their many years of association with KLL, the Minors’ field has been named for them.

A’ayan Leasing and Investment Company

A special thanks is also given to A’ayan
Leasing and Investment Company, another sponsor of this year’s Kuwait Little League. A’ayan Leasing and Investment Company is a closed Kuwaiti shareholding corporation based on Sahri’a, that was established in 1999. The company is active in the areas of leasing and financing, investments, and real estate. With total assets of about 475 million dinars, the company runs a diversified business whose opportunities are further enhanced by its geographical growth and the continuous nature of its returns. For more information, visit their website at http://www.aayan.com

Kuwait Little League is also sponsored
by McDonald’s of Kuwait. The first restaurant was opened in June of 1994 on Gulf Street and now there are 49 restaurants located throughout the state of Kuwait. McDonald’s of Kuwait is locally owned and operated by Mr Saqer Al Maousherji under the auspices of the Al Maousherji Catering Company. McDonald’s of Kuwait has played an important role in the economy of Kuwait. Through the efforts Mr. Al Maousherji, each new restaurant helps to provide investment in real estate and construction in the country. Also due to

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Hit a home run
with these delicious cookies for an after game snack.

Meet the Coaches
Coach Pastor Crespo

Snickerdoodles Cookies ½ cup butter, softened ½ cup shortening 1 ½ cups white sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 teaspoons baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons white sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounding spoonsful into balls. Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. 4 Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.

Coach Crespo brings many years of
coaching experience to KLL, where he is the coach of the Yankees in the Minor division and the Phillies in the Tee-ball division of Kuwait Little League. He is from New York City, New York, but has lived in many countries in the world, including Germany, Kenya, Ecuador, and Egypt, where he worked in the Defense Attaché offices at the American Embassies. He has also lived in Panama where he was with the Tactical Analysis Team of the American Embassy. He has previously coached Little League teams in Germany, Ecuador and the U.S. In October of 2007 Pastor retired from the U.S. Army as a Chief Warrant Officer after giving 20 years of distinguished service for his country. He is in Kuwait with his wife, (Nita) who is an economic officer at the American Embassy, and three of his four children, Anthony (16) Andrea (14) and Jason (5). His eldest daughter, Angelica, is going to school in California. When he is not busy sharing his time and expertise with KLL, he can be found tracing his family’s ancestors, as genealogy is his favorite hobby. If you see Pastor at the KLL complex, be sure to let him know how much KLL appreciates the time he gives.

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Coach Mohammed “Mo” Al-Khudher

physically and mentally tuned players who have a high degree of integrity and an appreciation of good sportsmanship. When you see Coach Mo at the KLL complex, be sure to let him know how much his time and effort is appreciated.

Mohammed Al-Khudher, known at the
Kuwait Little League complex as Coach Mo, is a man who must love baseball. He has been around KLL baseball since 1995, when he started playing Tee-ball at the age of five. When he ran out of divisions to play in, he decided to give back to the KLL community, which has been a major part of his life, by sharing his knowledge of sportsmanship and the love of the game. In addition to his busy schedule as a junior in high school at the American International School, he is also the coach of the White Sox in the Majors division. As a coach, Mo brings over 12 years of player experience to the members of his team. He was a member of the KLL travel team of 2002 that placed second in the Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Little League tournament. In that tournament he received an award for his defensive playing of the game. In addition, he was voted MVP for his team the last four years of his KLL career, as well as being a member of undefeated teams in three seasons in the Majors division and two out of three seasons in the Seniors division. As a coach, Mo brings to the KLL the lessons of dedication and hard work he learned as a player. He thanks his KLL coaches for bringing out the best in him and intends to follow in their footsteps by working hard to bring out the best in his team’s members to produce finely

Coach Hesham Al-Awwad

Coach Hesham Al-Awwad is a man of
many responsibilities for Kuwait Little League. He is the coach of the Pirates, one of the girls’ softball teams, and the Mets, of the Minors division. He is also the head coach for each of those divisions. He umpires home plate for the Majors, Juniors, and softball. And just in case he has a few spare minutes left in his busy work day, (as Support Manager, Indirect Sales Department of Zain, Kuwait) he is also the President of Kuwait Little League Association, a position he has held since, 2006. Coach Hesham has a long relationship with KLL, going all the way back to 1994 when he was an assistant coach in the Tee-ball division. Since 1994, he has coached in all divisions, been a field umpire as well as plate umpire, traveled with KLL teams to Ramstine, Germany, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai, UAE. He has continuously held positions on the KLL board since 1996, beginning with Equipment Manager. He was also Public Relations Manager and Vice President before taking over the duties of President of KLL in 2006. When you see this busy man around the KLL complex, please say hello.

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Did You know??
Hall of Famer Ted Williams, 19182002 One of the greatest hitters the game has ever seen. Ted was the last .400 hitter (1941). A lifetime .344 hitter with an On Base Percentage of .482 and 521 HRs. He won the MVP and the Triple Crown twice. Ted twice interrupted his career to serve as a pilot in WWII and the Korean War. He played from 1939 through 1960 hitting .316 in over 100 games in his final year. On the all-time list Ted ranks 1st in OBP, 2nd in slugging, 3rd in walks, 6th in batting and is tied for 11th in homeruns.

KLL: Back in the Day May, 2005
Written by Kim Campbell, May, 2005

The Kuwait
Little League (KLL) sponsored a day of softball and fun at Florence Nasralla Playing Fields on May 6, 2005. It hosted United States soldiers from Camp Doha, Camp Arifjan, and Camp Wolverine to play in a tournament with its select squad. Ambassador Richard LaBaron was on hand to throw the honorary first pitch formally inaugurating the games. After a great game, the KLL select squad overwhelmed its opponents and emerges as the winner of the tournament. The day’s activities were greatly enhanced by the generous support of numerous sponsors who provided food, liquid refreshment, and some exciting raffle prizes. Ambassador Richard LaBaron also honored the participants by handing out trophies and medals to the teams. At the close of the tournament, KLL President, Sulaiman Al Moghrabi, and Vice President, Hesham Al-Awwad gave final speeches thanking all those who participated.
(taken with permission from www.abckw.org/kuwaitleague.htm)

Baseball Trivia:
 Which pitcher has the most career losses? Cy Young--He also has the most wins. Which team has the greatest number of runs in one inning in a regular season game? American League—Boston playing against Detroit—17 runs in the 7th inning (June 18, 1953)

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(For more interesting facts about one of the favorite pastimes in Kuwait, go to: http://home.pon.net/hunnicutt/bballtrv.ht m)

If you have any information for the KLL newsletter, please send it to: julia_klein@hotmail.com


				
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