Augie's Tim Huber Inspired By Trip To Nicaragua
February 7, 2012, 11:25 PM
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Practice is already underway for the Augustana baseball team. The Vikings were 30-24 a season ago, the second consecutive year with 30 or more wins. Coach Tim Huber is hoping for similar success again. Thanks to a trip to Nicaragua in the off-season, he will enter this year with some new perspective.
It started out as a donation of equipment but turned into what coach Huber calls a life-changing experience. During Augie's interim break, Huber along with a few others took a plane to Managua, Nicaragua, to pass out gear and knowledge to local youngsters.
"Undescribable. Literally they had one bat. They might have had a baseball or two. We didn't see any that they had. We gave them everything. There was a couple guys that had gloves. We asked, 'well how do you guys play?' Because they do play games. They just said they scrounged up gloves from all over the place. They didn't have anything," Huber said.
Not the case anymore, the group, hoping to share their love of the game, brought with them bags of equipment including several hundred baseballs, a few dozen gloves and 45 bats. When word got out about their arrival, people came from all over.
"To see them show up in these villages and communities in the middle of nowhere. There was a baseball field in the middle of a cow pasture. They came on bikes, horseback, they walked miles to get there. That was cool. They were passionate about finding a way to get there. We did some clinics with them. It was great," Huber said.
Even though the coach was limited on the native-language...
"Zero spanish whatsoever. No Espanol for this guy," Huber said.
He was still able to teach the locals some new skills.
"Our interpreter wasn't there. I just had body language, you name it. I worked pretty hard that day to make it happen. We had some fun with it but it was a challenge," Huber said.
A challenge that Huber's says will change the way he sees the world and an experience he is planning on sharing with his team back in Sioux Falls.
"You really can't describe what it was like. You almost have to be there because the pictures, the videos we have won't do it justice," Huber said. "Hopefully it will help them understand that they need to be able to help people like that out. If they give one of their gloves away, it's a pretty cool thing."
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