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Brooks Doak, a senior at Bishop Luers High School was one out of the sixteen invited to the Robur 58 Baseball Series in Apeldoorn, Netherlands (Holland) from July 9 – July 17, 2006. Brooks will be playing for the 2006 USA Athletes International Inc., with NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a proud sponsor.

USA Athletes International is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving amateur athletes and coaches the opportunity to participate in International Olympic style sporting events throughout the world. Allowing the athletes to broaden their educational and cultural knowledge of the world through the experience.

This will be Brooks’ first year playing for Luers, because he has played travel ball for other organizations. When asked what was his overall response to this opportunity Brooks said that he was, “surprised.”

While there the USA team will be up against some of the best athletes in Europe. All players participating in the program were recommended by a coaching professional and the ability and character of each athlete played an important role in the final decision to send out “official invitations”.

Matthew Vince, the assistant baseball coach at Snider and also, a graduate from Snider High School has been selected as the coach. He also teaches World History and Government & Economics at Northrop High School. Coach Vince is searching for 16 quality athletes to represent the United States as both, “Player and Ambassador.” Generally, Vince says,”its a great opportunity for the kids to have a multicultural experience, where they’ll go oversees, meet new people, and just have a wonderful time.” The main goal is not to advance baseball careers, it is not the Olympics, and it is specifically to get the kids out there to where they’ll have different experiences.”


Anyone wishing to sponsor or contribute to Brooks Doak’s trip may do so by mailing to:


Mr. Brooks Doak
1905 Hale Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

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