LITTLE ROCK, Ark (THV11)- Humbabe. It's the best things about baseball. The relationships and opportunities that let you see something most only dream of. It's the way Nicaraguan baseball players are describing their trip to Arkansas.
This week, Team Arkansas USA is hosting 20 Nicaraguans. All of who have come to experience the culture and play lots of baseball. The group is inclusive of 15 kids and 5 coaches, all of whom have never even been on an airplane.
Andrew Baker, the Executive Director of Leadership and Ministry at Harding University says this trip seems like a miracle for several reasons. The main one being, only 80 percent of Visa requests for people traveling to the U.S. from Nicaragua are approved.
A year ago, Team Arkansas USA was visiting Nicaragua when the idea to exchange the favor was formed. Knowing the approval rate Baker said, "I thought they were crazy when they first presented the idea."
Door after door kept closing, yet each time another one opened. The team is in town for nine days. While they're here, festivities include Travelers games, meeting the governor and traveling to Kansas City to watch the Royals.