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This summer I was reminded about how the baseball camp got started and I thought I would share it with you.  Back in late 2009 and early 2010 the idea to have a sport camp for the kids began growing.  But in February 2010 the idea became more of a reality.

The program received a donation of sporting equipment from Erica Nordquist, Spruce Grove Alta on behalf of the Forzani Group.  Some of the equipment went to to group of boys from a local school.

But it did not stop there.  A group, made up of both the kids and snowbirds of all ages took to the beach and experienced a fun game with a football reminiscent of what we are used to back home.  I never did determine who had the most fun.

In June of 2010 I began to plan for a camp-like activity for the kids. You don’t often see the local kids playing in what green space there is, nor having access to sporting activities like kids do back home.

The kids needed something to keep them active, learn about good sportsmanship, learn or strengthen what sporting skills they might have and have some fun while at it.

The program received a donation of sporting equipment from Erica Nordquist, Spruce Grove Alta on behalf of the Forzani Group.  Some of the equipment went to to group of boys from a local school.

But it did not stop there.  A group, made up of both the kids and snowbirds of all ages took to the beach and experienced a fun game with a football reminiscent of what we are used to back home.  I never did determine who had the most fun.

In June of 2010 I began to plan for a camp-like activity for the kids. You don’t often see the local kids playing in what green space there is, nor having access to sporting activities like kids do back home.

The kids needed something to keep them active, learn about good sportsmanship, learn or strengthen what sporting skills they might have and have some fun while at it.

Then In January 2011 we held the first baseball skills camp for the children of Chix with a group of snowbirds who were as keen as the kids.  The energy level was high on that Saturday morning as the kids learned and practiced catching, throwing, batting and running.  There were about 6 girls in attendance who came to play and worked well with Susan, our resident champ from BC.  This camp will continue every Saturday morning from 10-12 until our snowbirds return home so if you are here come on out to see what is happening.

In April 2011, the camp ended and the general consensus was it would be continued for the 2011-12 season.

Baseball equipment began arriving from Winkler and Winnipeg MB for the program.

In Jan-Feb 2012, Dennis took over the role of baseball co-ordinator and facilitated the weekly events in his competent, positive way.  The program has grown with both kids, dads and volunteers and that is pleasing to see.

He had equipment managers and received enough additional equipment that the borrowed items could be returned to the school.

Here is a comment from Dennis as guest blogger for the Food Bank; “Don and Brooke are managing the equipment this year, and Karl is running the practice with the theme based on more fun than practical lessons and everyone is thoroughly enjoying our times together – We play rotational scrub ball which gives all of us the opportunity to play at different positions and to try and hit the ball when it  is our turn – the kids are teaching us some Spanish baseball terminology and we are trying to reciprocate with English.  More kids are always welcome as are any adult coach/mentors who wish to share an  hour or so with us and the kids – even if it is only for one weekend, your presence is appreciated.”

So here we are this season and wondering what will happen.  but as you can see, this has been a wonderful experience for everyone involved and without you it could not happen.

Thanks to everyone for bringing this idea to reality.