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Cuban players not here as charity cases

I am respectfully writing in response to a quote in an article about the Friendship Tournament recently played in Boston between senior softball players from the United States and Cuba (“Cuban camaraderie under evening of stars,” Globe West, Aug. 29).

This is the quote from a Newton resident I am referring to: “I just wanted to give these guys enough to eat for one night. I know when they go home most of them do not have enough to eat.”

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All 19 members of the Cuban Veteranos team were invited here for a Friendship Tournament. They were honored guests of the Eastern Massachusetts Senior Softball Association and my organization, Educational Travel Alliance.

They were not here seeking charity. Had they thought they were being offered charity, neither they nor we would have accepted it.

They have countless times hosted members of EMass. teams in their homes in Havana. They always served us wonderful meals and treated us with friendship, respect, and dignity. Our intention was to reciprocate for their graciousness and generosity, not to make them feel like charity was being extended to them.

Michael I. Eizenberg

President, Educational
Travel Alliance Inc.

Director, EMass.
Senior Softball Association

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