International Students Participate in Baseball Clinic

InternationalBaseballFor Husam Yassin, it was an enjoyable experience – playing the game of baseball, rather than just watching.

The Jordanian student was one of nearly 30 international students who learned about “America’s pastime” during a spring clinic hosted by the Missouri Southern baseball team.

“It was one of the best events for international students,” said Yassin, who has continued to play catch with his friends following the clinic.

Coaches and players taught the fundamentals of the game during the clinic, which was held at the new baseball stadium. Participants were recognized during the MSSU vs. Lincoln game. Shemron Modeste – a student from the British Virgin Islands who was selected as “Most Improved Player” – threw the ceremonial first pitch, and everyone was treated to a traditional baseball meal of grilled hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jacks.

Head coach Bryce Darnell said the team was able to demonstrate why the game has such a special place in American culture.

“The coaches and players at Missouri Southern love baseball and we enjoyed sharing that love for the game with our international students,” he said.

The first-time event was funded through a $1,100 diversity grant from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

“The idea is to find ways to integrate more people into athletics,” said Randon Coffey, director of athletic marketing and corporate sales. “We came up with the concept of teaching our international students about American baseball and just ran with it.”