Youngsters enrolled in the Storm Lake public and parochial schools who want to learn the fundamentals of baseball will have the chance at a special free, one-day bi-lingual camp being organized by a Buena Vista University baseball player for a student internship project.
Marc Goeders, a senior sports management major from Emmetsburg, is working with BVU Head Baseball Coach Steve Eddie on the project. Marc, a co-captain on the team has started as a catcher for three years.
"Information we have from Storm Lake's CommUNITY Education program is that few children from minority populations in the area are participating in baseball," says Marc. "By offering this free camp, which is open to all children, we hope to get a diverse representation of kids involved in youth baseball and also possibly form bonds and friendships that may not have existed before."
The camp will be held on Saturday, May 26 at the Field of Dreams in Storm Lake. The first session for students in grades 1-4 will be from 9 a.m. to noon, and will be followed by the session for students in grades 5-8 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
"Everyone associated with the camp will be donating their time," says Eddie. He and Marc, along with Danny Acosta, an assistant baseball coach at Iowa Lakes Community College who is fluent in Spanish, and volunteers from the BVU and Storm Lake High School baseball teams will conduct the camp.
This is the first time the BVU baseball program has hosted a bilingual camp, says Eddie. "By making this bilingual, we want to make it as comfortable as possible for kids from all cultures to learn the fundamentals of the sport," he says.
Students who want to participate can pick up a registration form at their school's administrative office and have their parents sign the liability waiver. To register, they have to bring the signed form to the camp. Students should bring their glove and bat, but those who do not have equipment are encouraged to participate because some equipment will be available.
To raise funds for the cost of the camp, the BVU baseball team has been selling raffle tickets at its home games this spring. Store coupons have been donated by local businesses for prizes, and there will be a grand prize drawing of four tickets to an Iowa Cubs game.
After expenses of the camp have been covered, any additional funds will go to the Storm Lake Little League with an emphasis on increasing participation in the summer baseball league.
* For more information, contact Steve Eddie at 712-749-2298 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org