There were 93 campers at last week’s Summer Slam Youth Baseball/Softball Camp at Dreamfields. Photo by Robyn Saunders
The camp, led by Virginia Commonwealth University baseball coaches and college softball players, was sponsored by the Youth Club of Lancaster County in conjunction with the Northern Neck Family YMCA in Kilmarnock. The camp also was funded in part by Wells Fargo Advisors and a grant from the River Counties Community Foundation.
“This wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of the Northern Neck YMCA,” said organizer Damien Crissey. “Being able to partner and work with the staff at the YMCA made the afternoon session a home run. It just goes to show that when you have a great environment with great people, it yields outstanding results.”
The camp’s morning session included skills instruction and scrimmages for baseball and softball players ages 7-12, while the afternoon session was headed by YMCA camp counselors and included a trip to the Y’s pool in Lively.
“The camp was a huge success,” said Crissey. “We had 93 campers, including 61 boys and 32 girls.”
Thirty baseball players ages 14-18 also participated in a two-night hitting and pitching clinic.
Participants at both were from Lancaster, Northumberland, Middlesex, Mathews and Richmond counties.
The baseball camp was led by Virginia Commonwealth University’s assistant baseball coach Kurt Elbin and members of the VCU baseball team. George Mason University pitcher Sarah Kleinfelter led instruction at the softball camp.
Proceeds benefitted the Youth Club of Lancaster County.