Too often young people are told what not to do but not nearly as often are they given an alternative. With that in mind, The Baseball Academy (TBA) ventures out and finds young boys and girls that are not actively involved, and we give them something to do. A team sport is a very useful mechanism to give young people a sense of self and of unity. From Baseball our intent is to get the young people involved with youth groups in their community and from there to continue their development through strong relationships that we have with the corporate world.
Baseball is the conduit that we have chosen to use to do this. Our two head coaches are both youth pastors for over a decade each and Mark Moore, the Head coach of TBA is the Director of Junior for Western Province Baseball (21 clubs both junior and senior). Mark had the privilege of spending a month under Jack Stallings and Larry Bryant at Georgia Southern University back in 1984. He then spent 16 yrs in the Major League as a player and then a player coach, representing WP in the Nationals for over a decade.
Over the last 13 years, the ministry component of TBA, Silver Lining Youth Ministries (SLYM) has been working developing youth groups throughout Cape Town and in some cases throughout South Africa. Mark was the Youth Chaplain for the CPSA for 3 yrs, (approximately 750,000 young people) throughout Southern Africa including Namibia, Malawi and Angola. It was during this time that he felt The Lord calling him to make the move out into other avenues. 4 years ago, he started the Baseball Academy as another option for ministry. Combining the baseball experience with the ministry experience of camps and programmes, The Academy grew very quickly and is now in its 5th year ready to launch the UCAN programme.
The crew that assists in all outreach programmes consist of players in TBA, from 12 year old's to 20 year old. The team has vast experience in outreach programmes that is largely made up from outreach work during their holidays. In December every year the team hits the road for three weeks and camps in tents while running holiday programmes for roughly 1500 kids.