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Social media has become the platform for resourceful outsiders to find success. Internet personality Benny Drama (a.k.a Benito Skinner) and comedian Matt Rife have been two of the breakout successes from social media in recent years, now Dennis Kasumba, a 19-year-old catcher from Uganda, is using social media to make it into Major League Baseball.
Kasumba, a talented baseball player, has a long history of using whatever is around him to help train his athletic skills.
Recently, the young athlete shared a video on social media of him throwing bricks, using a rain-drenched clearing as his practice field. He captioned the video with an inspiring statement, “Quitting is not an option. I will keep working hard till I will become better at this. @MLB I’m coming soon.”
In another video, Kasumba is seen making a workout bench out of a chair and some scrap wood and a straight barbell out of a rod, some weights, and cinder blocks. Kasumba captioned this video “Turned [sic] that pain to fuel… and survive.”
After being discovered by the MLB on social media, Kasumba’s dream to play baseball in the U.S. has suffered stops and starts, due mostly to his visa status. A high school in Florida offered to let the Ugandan finish his senior year of high school there but his visa application was denied, Kasumba only succeeded in his immigration process after the Frederick Keys, an MLB Draft League team, made him an offer, according to the Associated Press.
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