‘Run the Bases’ (RTB) is using softball to address the issue by combing values and skills-based coaching to “empower and encourage young athletes to become leaders in sport and in life. Inclusion and gender equality are the goal and the target group is the female population.”
The three alumni, all graduates from the university’s Sport and International Development MA programme, are Sebastian Cirillo , from Italy, Kelly Smith from the UK, and Tara Henry, from the USA and a former UCLA softball player.
They were previously involved in the university’s Football 4 Peace, the pioneering project that uses sport to build cultural bridges and promote peaceful co-existence.
The three recently organised a pilot event in Gozo, Malta, in partnership with the Għajnsielem Redcoats, a local sports organisation offering softball, baseball and basketball to its members.