It’s been quite an offseason for Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed.
The veteran recently claimed his second consecutive NL Gold Glove award, but the real prize was what he was able to deliver to the community of El Mogote, Dominican Republic.
Ahmed, as well as some staff from Big League Impact and Food For The Hungry, recently returned from an enlightening trip to El Mogote — a village roughly 82 miles northwest of the capital city of Santo Domingo. This season, Ahmed raised more than $104,000 to support not only the Phoenix Rescue Mission, but Food For The Hungry’s work in the El Mogote community.
This trip was to share Ahmed’s passion for baseball with the children, as well as open a water treatment center that now reliably provides clean drinking water for the 1,200 people of El Mogote.
“The trip to the DR was amazing,” Ahmed said. “We got to meet the people of El Mogote and see the incredible work that Food for the Hungry is doing in the communities. Playing baseball with the kids was so fun. Their field, equipment and footwear were all in very rough shape but their passion and joy for the game was so incredible! At the end of our baseball game we got to share our testimonies and the Gospel of Jesus. We connected with the people of El Mogote over our mutual joy for baseball and Jesus. Our timing being there was 100% God’s timing!”
Ahmed played baseball and donated 31 pairs of New Balance cleats to the kids, giving them the foundation to keep playing the game they love so much.
With the thirst for baseball quenched, it was time to provide a vital utility for the entire community. The next day, Ahmed helped open El Mogote’s water purification center, giving residents an easy place to obtain clean, drinkable water.
“The whole community came out and the amount of gratitude the people had was immeasurable,” Ahmed said. “To see this community of people have clean water for the first time ever was so phenomenal.”