To bring competitive youth baseball to Benin West Africa.
The purpose of the League shall be to organize and supervise the playing of baseball under specialized rules and regulations, to secure suitable and adequate financial backing for these purposes, and to own, lease or otherwise obtain the use of suitable playing facilities and equipment for these purposes. It shall be the policy of the League to conduct its activities so that the physical and moral welfare of the young people for whose benefit it is organized shall remain paramount and all matters of policy shall be determined on that basis.
President: Gary Tonsager
Gary founded Baseball in Benin after his One Sight mission there in 2010 providing eye wear to those in need. Since then he has devoted much of his time to the cause. Most recently in May of 2016 him and Wally went to Benin with the goal to bring a team over from Benin Africa to compete in the 2016 Wood Bat Tournament Benefiting Baseball in Benin.
Vice President: Wally Langfellow
Wally Immediately jumped on to support Baseball in Benin as soon as Gary returned from Benin in 2010. Wally is the owner of Minnesota Score Magazine and has coached countless youth sports teams in the Robbinsdale area. He made his first trip to Benin in May of 2016 with Gary.
Special Liaison: Alban Guidi
The inspiration for it all. Alban hails from Benin. He was one of Gary's interpreters and recognized his Brett Favre jersey. Alban had lived in the U.S. as a child and him and Gary started talking Baseball. Alban talked about how he regretted not bringing his baseball glove to Benin where Baseball is non existent. Recently Al has obtained a degree from the University of Tampa.
Coach: Fernando Atannon
Fernando was an interpreter for Gary during his One Sight mission. Fernando originally learned Baseball through Youtube videos. In the summer of 2013 Fernando got the opportunity to come to Minnesota to train to become a certified Baseball coach. He helped coach 3 different baseball teams. Fernando returned to Benin and is currently coaching over 50 kids. He will return to Minnesota for the 2016 Wood Bat Tournament benefiting Baseball in Benin.
Coach: Arnaud Adodo
Arnaud was another on of Gary's interpreters in Benin. He is currently a school teacher in Cocotomey Benin. In 2014 he was trained and certified as a coach by Fernando. Arnaud will be coming to Minnesota for the Wood Bat Tournament benefiting Baseball in Benin.
Project Consultant: Constant somadjagbi
Gary and Constant met at the One Sight clinic in 2010. He was the facilitator in charge of organizing the One Sight clinic. He is the project consultant for Baseball in Benin and will be at the Wood Bat Tournament benefiting Baseball in Benin. He has dual citizenship with houses in North Carolina and Cotonou Benin.