At 19 years, Kelvin Kithinji a student at Nyweri Mixed Secondary School in Meru has set his mark as one of Kenya’s most exceptional baseball players whom different coaches have kept on picking out. His similarly exceptional skills in mentoring and coaching kids have earned him the title of Kenya Little League Baseball Youth Ambassador – a role he fills with full ability. He is also the coach for Nyweri Primary School baseball team.
Kelvin started playing baseball about 10 years ago while in class four and has since then traveled widely in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. In 2016 he was selected by Major League Baseball (MLB) for their Africa Elite Camp in South Africa. He has also been in the Team Kenya twice. First in 2014 when he played in the Africa 18U World Cup Qualifiers between Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa. Second in 2019, when he was in the Olympics team that played East Africa Pre-qualifiers.
For his continuous exemplary performance, Kelvin has been invited to join a US Baseball Travel team that will play in Connecticut and Rhode Island from July 21st to August 10th. The training will expose him to baseball scouts in the USA adding up to the current training he receives from his coach- Coach Francis Muchiri.
Following his selection to the team, Kelvin needs funds to enable him attend the training. Luckily, his accommodation and meals will be offered by his previous coach, Coach Time Lake. He therefore needs to raise KES 300,000 to enable him pay for his air ticket and traveling documents which include a visa and travel insurance.
In an effort to raise this amount, George Mahinda- Kenya Little Leagues President- has opened an M-Changa account to help Kelvin attend the USA Baseball training. Kelvin Kithinji’s USA Baseball trip has currently raised KES 3, 676 through the help of 6 amazing supporters. To join these supporters in making Kelvin’s training possible send your contribution to PAY BILL: 891300 ACCOUNT NO: 7291. Let us join us in building Kenya’s baseball talent.
M-Changa is a Kenyan online fundraising platform that was launched in 2012 to make fundraising more convenient, more efficient and more secure than the traditional harambee. To date, over 30,000 fundraisers have raised millions of dollars from over 500,000 contributors.