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Green Bay teen helping provide baseball equipment to kids in Africa

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A big dream is coming to fruition for one Green Bay eighth-grader.

After developing a love for baseball at a young age, 14-year-old Max Bobholz thought to create a charity that would help bring that same love of the game to those less fortunate.

"Angels at Bat" collects and then distributes baseball gear to children in Africa. 

"I've always loved baseball and I saw how much they loved it," says Bobholz. "But with how little equipment they have, I realized that we had so much equipment just sitting in our garages."

Max came up with the idea for his charity nearly two years ago when he watched Uganda's team in the Little League World Series.

Along with donating baseball gear to the needy, Max and the team he'll be traveling with will also be digging cisterns, along with planting trees and gardens in the community. 

"I'm most nervous about the food because I know it's going to be a lot different," says Bobholz. "I'm guessing I'm going to have to eat it since they're begging for food in certain areas."

Max and his mom will travel to Africa this summer with a small group of local Rotary Club members. They're still looking for donations of gloves, bats, balls, bases, hats, helmets and other gear. They will also accept financial donations to support the shipment of the items.

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