Watching the Uganda Little League team play their newfound sport on world's biggest youth baseball stage brought tears to Kim Coleman's eyes.
"Seeing that team play in the World Series was a joy," the Sonoma County resident said. "It made me realize how lucky we are to live here and to appreciate everything we have."
Coleman was drawn to follow the Little League World Series because of the Petaluma National team's historic third-place finish, of course. But the African team also tugged at her heart strings as she watched them play last month in the international tournament in South Williamsport, Pa.
This year was the first time an African team qualified to play, following last year's false start when a Ugandan team won its region but was denied entry to the U.S. because of visa problems. During this year's tournament, the Lugazi team won the hearts of fans across the country as their story of determination in the face of meager means played out.
In Petaluma on Sunday, following a community parade to celebrate the local team's success, Coleman brought a bag of her family's used baseball equipment to donate to the Ugandan team.