2020 Project


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The Cubacan 2020 Project has the goal of improving the quality of the bats used by Cuban baseball player so that they may be approved by the World Baseball Federation in time for the 2020 Olympics.

2020 Key Objectives

Baseball will return to the 2020 Olympics after a 12 years absence. Baseball entered the Olympics beginning in 1992, with Cuba taking 3 Gold medals and 2 Silver medals in 5 appearances. Cuba will go to Tokyo in 2020 and we want Cubacan to go with them. Our new goal is to have Cubacan bats approved and in the hands of the Cuban players when they step up to the plate in 2020.

To accomplish our goal, we need your help.

To accomplish this, we will focus on obtaining some key pieces of equipment along with basic tools that they will use every day. The main items we hope to source are a minimum of two commercial grade HD lathes. These are lathes that will stand up to the day to day use by the workers.

For an extended list of items please see Items Needed

We need donations of either cash or equipment. We need both individuals and groups to join in the effort. Visit our Donate page.

 

Background

A facility in Havana has been producing baseball bats for over 53 years. The equipment they use is very old and in poor condition. The result, the bats are rough and far from today’s standards. In December, 2015 we agreed to help them improve the quality so that they could meet international standards.

Our 2016 Cubacan Project collected and supplied a package of equipment and tools, which was a good first step in the process. After delivering the equipment in March 2017 and working with them for a week, we now have a better understanding of what they need and what we can do to help.