By Dominic Garcia

DENVER (CBS4)– A Bishop Machebeuf High School student is making it his mission to spread America’s past time to Africa.

Several years ago, Joseph Rumph opened a Denver chapter of “Angels at Bat,” a nonprofit that collects baseball equipment, transports it to Africa, where volunteers teach children at school and orphanages the game.

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“We have everything from helmets to cleats to gloves. We even have uniforms for them,” Joseph told CBS4’s Dominic Garcia.

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The 16-year-old just finished his fourth trip to Kenya and says teaching kids the game gives them an escape from the hardships they face.

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“Oh, it’s a totally new concept for them because they’re all used to soccer so they think you can still kick the ball at stuff while you’re playing baseball,” said Joseph.

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It may take time to learn the rules, but Joseph says it’s not always about that.

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“Oh, they just find it so enjoyable, the smiles on their faces are just so big,” he told CBS4.

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Joseph and his mother have mostly been focusing on the Nairobi area but hope to expand in the future. Joseph says he hopes his story inspires others to give.

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“Even if it’s not baseball. Some people need help and you don’t know what their day is going like so even like a smile or a ‘Hey, how are you?’ can make a difference.”

LINK: Angels At Bat

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Dominic Garcia anchors CBS4 News at 5 p.m. and reports for CBS4 News at 10 p.m. Connect with the Denver native on Twitter @cbs4dom & on Facebook.

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