Baseball may be America’s national pastime, touching the hearts and minds of many people at one point or another, but in the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica, the sport is all but unknown.

A Jamaican expatriate living in Jacksonville and a local real estate developer have teamed up with the Jamaican government to try to share an American tradition with the island’s youths.

Damon Van Brocklin, president of St. Augustine-based Van Brocklin Homes, could have never imagined himself sitting in a room with Jamaican government officials, explaining how to play the game. In years past, the general contractor worked as a project manager, building baseball fields for several Jacksonville-area schools. Like most Americans, baseball seemed almost second nature to him.

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