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Club Members Attend Ripken Baseball Camp

Thanks to the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and the Badges for Baseball program, a group of Club members from the Newtown community attended the 2016 Ripken Experience Camp in Aberdeen, Maryland, June 13-16 to develop and improve their core baseball fundamentals.

The Camp allowed Club members to live and breathe the game while coaches provided innovative instruction in a destination for top-level youth baseball.

For the Club members, it was an eye opening experience.  Take our member Takera for example. This trip was the first time she'd ever been on a plane. While she never really played  baseball or softball that much, she shared that “seeing so many people her age come together from all over the country inspired her to try her best.”

Her favorite part of  camp was learning in the training stations then taking what she just learned and applying it in a baseball game. She now  looks forward to playing softball in the future.

Other Club members had this to say about their experience:

“The camp was fun, and I want to go back next year!”
Cobie, 11 years old

“I had fun every day, and they kept us busy! The pool and zip-lining was fun!”
Caleb, 12 years old

“I met a lot of friends during the camp, and would recommend it for other people.”
Shaterria, 14 years old

“I had an amazing time during the camp, and it was truly a great experience.”
Terrionna, 15 years old

This is the third year the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties has participated in Badges for Baseball, a multifaceted mentoring program that teaches important life lessons to at-risk youth through a variety of educational curriculum and baseball/softball-themed activities. Through the program, our organization partners with caring adult law enforcement mentors, such as Sergeant Eric Bolden from the Sarasota Police Department who plays an instrumental role in providing this opportunity for our children. Law enforcement mentors work directly with the children teaching them about respect, teamwork and communication.

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