Coaches Connected to Cal Ripken Teach Kids How to Play Baseball

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By: Eames Yates
March 23, 2013

Valdosta, GA. - One kid said "it's great, except for the rain." The parent of another said "it was flooding, we actually had some hail." Rain or shine dozens of kids were determined to play ball.

They got their chance on Saturday afternoon thanks to the Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic. The kids, ages seven to thirteen, were broken up into groups, each focusing on hitting and catching. The coaches were provided by Ripken Baseball, named after the famous family.

Jay Prince local Chevy dealer. He said "it's great to be able to bring this to our community and have a name like cal ripken associated with it. And we're able to bring it to the community for free, no cost to the participants and that's the greatest thing about it."

Due to the weather the clinic was held at it's backup location, the Kinetix Health Club. But the change of plans didn't dampen the mood.

Connor Gebora attended the clinic. He said "I can throw curve balls, fast balls, over balls, pop fly's."

David Boundes is with Ripken Baseball. He said "we want them to play the game of baseball as long as they want to play the game. And the way they do that is just by having a lot of fun."

The clinic was also organized by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority.

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