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Burbank's Travieso organizes softball team’s historic trip to Cuba

Burbank's Travieso organizes softball team’s historic trip to Cuba

Manny Travieso had an idea, and some might say a wild one at that.

Travieso, a former Burbank Little League coach who currently coaches the Burbank-based Firecrackers Media City travel softball team, wanted to organize a multicultural-exchange venture in another country with his team of high school-age players.

With Cuban roots, Travieso envisioned taking a team to the Communist island nation in a trip that would include softball competition along with cultural interaction between players.

However, there was a big drawback. According to the U.S. State Department in an update on its website June 16, “Tourist travel to Cuba remains prohibited.”

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