St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol has launched an instructional app for youth baseball and softball players that includes conversational artificial intelligence with some of the biggest names in both sports with part of the proceeds going to charity.
It seems a stretch, at least on the surface, to connect the dots between the poverty-stricken areas of Guatemala and an artificial intelligence-driven app aimed to help aspiring athletes in baseball and softball.
However, it was while working to help poor children on a mission trip in Guatemala in which the idea was hatched in the minds of St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol and his wife Amber’s minds.
Marmol was a coach in the Cardinals’ minor league system in 2013 when he and Amber went on a week-long mission to an orphanage in the Central America country. It was an eye-opening trip for the couple, who are devout Christians.
“It was the most poverty we’ve ever seen in our lives, and it changed the way we kind of did life and handled our finances moving forward,” Marmol said.
The Marmols began thinking of ways they could make a bigger impact for the Guatemalan children. Amber came up with the idea of Oliver starting a company where he would provide baseball lessons to young players and 50% of that money would go to a feeding center in Guatemala.