“The World Baseball Academy is invaluable to the Fort Wayne community. The kids may enter the dugout as kids, but they leave as leaders.

“People in Fort Wayne should rally around the campaign to raise money for the WBA because the WBA is a separator, a difference maker for the young people of Fort Wayne.”

 

Eric Wedge,

MLB Manager, Seattle Mariners

 

Past Trips

World Baseball Academy leadership has been privileged to travel to numerous countries and work alongside of some of the most gifted International Baseball Leaders in the world.

"The international experience has become one of our leading mission fulfillment activities within World Baseball Academy operations.  It is often a life changing experience for the participants who choose to embark on a week-long adventure of serving others through the game of baseball," explains Caleb Kimmel, World Baseball Academy CEO.

Here is a list of past trips and highlights.

 

Early Years

  • France (1990 - 1996)
    • World Baseball Academy Board President, Lee DeTurk joins World Partners in providing baseball camps to kids in Paris, France.     Partner:    World Partners (International Missions Branch of Missionary Church)
  • Numerous Countries (1990 - 1994)
    • World Baseball Academy Founding Board Member, Steve Sotir, serves as Director of Player Development for International Baseball Association (IBA).
      • Guam, Puerto Rico, Japan, Israel, Spain, Australia, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa, Curacoa, New Zealand, The Phillipines, Scotland, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Cuba, Estonia, Netherlands, Taiwan, England, Italy, Canada, Former USSR, Austria
  • El Salvador (2006)
    • World Baseball Academy Founder, Caleb Kimmel joins The Pointe Church to use baseball as a ministry tool in El Salvador.    Partners:    El Salvador Baseball Federation & S.O.L. Ministries
  • Mexico (2007)
    • World Baseball Academy Founder, Caleb Kimmel joins The Pointe Church to use baseball as a ministry tool in El Salvador.     Partners:    His Rock Ministries
  •  Lithuania (2007)
    • World Baseball Academy Founder, Caleb Kimmel is invited as a Featured Guest Speaker at the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) Congressional Hearings.    Topic:   Developing Multidimensional Leadership      Partners:    IBAF & Confederation of European Baseball
  • El Salvador (2008)
    • World Baseball Academy Founder, Caleb Kimmel joins The Pointe Church to use baseball as a ministry tool in El Salvador.    Partners:    El Salvador Baseball Federation & S.O.L. Ministries
  • Cambodia (2008)
    • World Baseball Academy Founder, Caleb Kimmel joins Unlimited Potential, Inc (UPI) to work with the Cambodia National Baseball Federation.     Partners:   UPI  & Cambodia Baseball Federation
  • China (2008)
    • World Baseball Academy Founding Board Member, Dr. Darin Van Tassell, serves as Technical Commissioner of the Olympic Baseball Games in Beijing, China.

 

World Baseball Academy Founded  (Fall of 2009)

  • Puerto Rico (2009)
    • World Baseball Academy Founding Board Members, Steve Sotir & Larry Bryant serve as Head Coaches at the World Children's Baseball Fair.    Partners:   Hank Aaron & Sadaharu Oh
  • El Salvador (2009-2013)
    • World Baseball Academy Founder, Caleb Kimmel leads a group with The Pointe Church to use baseball as a ministry tool in El Salvador.          Partners:    El Salvador Baseball Federation & S.O.L. Ministries
  • Bulgaria (2012-2013)
    • World Baseball Academy Staff (Lee DeTurk, Andy McManama, Caleb Kimmel) leads a group that works with World Partners in Kazanlak, Bulgaria.     Partners:  World Partners
  • Kenya (2013)
    • World Baseball Academy Staff (Lee DeTurk, Andy McManama) leads a group that works with World Partners in Nairobi, Kenya.             Partners:  World Partners
  • Bulgaria (2015)
    • World Baseball Academy Staff (Lee DeTurk, Andy McManama) leads a group that works with World Partners in Kazanlak, Bulgaria.         Partners:  World Partners
  • Dominican Republic (2015)
    • World Baseball Academy Staff (Lee DeTurk & Caleb Kimmel) partners with Crosswinds to explore baseball mission trips in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic.   Partner:  Crosswinds (Caribbean Mountain Academy)
  • Bulgaria (2016)
    • World Baseball Academy Staff (Lee DeTurk, Andy McManama) leads a group that works with World Partners in Kazanlak, Bulgaria.         Partners:  World Partners
  • Dominican Republic (2016)
    • World Baseball Academy Staff (Lee DeTurk, Caleb Kimmel, Tim Petersen, Melinda Petersen) partners with Crosswinds to expand baseball mission trips in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic.   Partner:  Crosswinds (Caribbean Mountain Academy)