Date: September 14, 2015
By: Emma Kauffman, Special for The Republic | azcentral.com 11:45 a.m. MST
Chandler Little Leaguers will fly across the Pacific Ocean to Tainan City, Taiwan later this
month for the second half of a cultural exchange program.
Last year, a team from Tainan visited Chandler for a week of exhibition games and to tour the Valley’s many baseball training facilities and stadiums.
Fifteen 12-year-old boys on the Chandler National Little League All Stars will spend one week in Tainan City practicing and playing ball, and a second week touring Tainan’s cultural and historical attractions.
For Chandler Little League manager Doug Brewster, the goal of the trip is simple: “They love baseball, we love baseball. They want to play us, we want to play them.”
But the kids expect to learn far more than baseball, including an appreciation for different types of food. Frances Huang, the team’s community affairs adviser, recommended the team try “stinky tofu,” a fermented dish popular in Taiwan. “I will know if you did,” he teased. “I will be able to smell it.” [FULL STORY]