Highlands Dominican Republic
The Highlands Sports and Events Complex in the Dominican Republic, or “Tierra Alta,” is a ministry of The Rawlings Foundation and Impact Youth Worldwide. In May 2006, the Rawlings Foundation broke ground in Boca Chica to begin building a sports and events complex. Boca Chica is a short distance from the Dominican capital city, Santo Domingo, which has a metropolitan population of about three million people. The Complex officially opened on January 22, 2011. It includes two baseball fields, a softball field, a soccer field, two outdoor volleyball courts, a basketball court, and an Olympic size pool. The campus also includes youth camp facilities with the present capacity for 760 campers and plans for a future Bible Institute.
Our camps are structured to reach young people for Christ. There are games, activities, and facilities that attract youth who have never been to a camp. These attendees, most of who have never experienced a church service of any kind, are mainly from low-income communities. Impact Youth Worldwide transports the youth to camp, provides for all their daily meals, ministers to their needs, and introduces them to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Evangelistic Director and national pastors teach and preach to the youth. The camp is not seen as just an “American enterprise.” It has been determined to be more effective when national pastors understand the local culture, and preach and communicate to the youth in their local language and dialect.
Besides our Highlands Sports Camps we have also partnered with other sports ministries including Fellowship of Christian Athletes, SCORE International Sports Missions, Athletes in Action, and many more. This gives the ministry a way to reach more young people through sports camps and events. Many Major League Baseball, college and high school coaches and players from different sports are willing to give of their time and talents to teach kids how to play their sport. When the instructional time is over, there is an inspirational time where the young people are presented the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are given an opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
Church Camps and Events:
The ministry is blessed to offer and provide the facilities and the opportunity for the Dominican local church ministry to become more effective, by having Family Fellowship Day, youth camps, church staff training workshops, pastors conferences, women’s conferences, and more. These events assist, train and encourage the local churches, and the attendees benefit and are blessed as a result of these training events.
Hosting Missions Groups:
The Tierra Alta facilities host many visiting mission teams from the U.S., including sports, church, civic, and medical teams that come for a week to do missions and serve along side the staff at Tierra Alta. Housing and meals are provided for the visiting missions teams. It is a blessing for the ministry to partner with these groups to further the Kingdom of God.
The Tierra Alta complex houses a medical mobile clinic that is used to bless those in low income areas and provide much needed medical attention, and at the same time evangelize the patients, teaching them about Jesus. The ministry also partners with local Dominican churches and doctors and teams up in many local clinics. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a medical volunteer or if you have a church medical missions team that wants to visit and serve the Dominican people.
Home of the San Francisco Giants Latin America Training Academy:
In a partnership between The Rawlings Foundation and The San Francisco Giants, Major League Baseball World Champions of 2010, 2012, and 2014, Tierra Alta has been home of the SF Giants Training Academy since 2010. In 2016, the facility was expanded and renamed the Felipe Alou Baseball Academy, after Dominican native and baseball great Felipe Alou. The Giants practice and play all their home games in professionally conditioned fields. The Giants organization has been a blessing for the local Boca Chica community. The directors and staff at Tierra Alta are excited to see many of the players involved with weekly baseball chapels and participating in sports camps.
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