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Asociación de Artes

Asociacion de Artes Presents Baseball Day Camp
for the East Cape Communities

To Baseball Fans:

My name is Sawyer.  I'm 10 years old and baseball is my favorite sport.  I have played for 6 years. I want to play pro some day.

When I went to Baja to visit my aunt, I brought 2 baseball mitts so I could play catch.  The only neighbor boy didn't know how to play baseball.

I have been collecting old baseball equipment from my coaches, to bring down to the kids who can't afford to buy their own.  My aunt took baseball stuff last year and she told me the kids played everyday.

I think the kids need a baseball camp so that they can learn the rules and have more fun.  

Sawyer Kenck

As the above letter says, it started with one kid’s visit. After his visit, we got thinking and started asking some questions. The next spring we brought down baseball equipment and gave it to a friend living in Campamento, and neighborhood where many of our towns workers live. Our friend kept the gear at his house near the school. He felt that if it stays in one location and the kids get it when they want to play, and then returns it, it will stay a complete set longer. Each afternoon the kids would come and get the gear, play until dark and return it. Soon the parents came out and played too!

What we discovered is the kids here love baseball, but equipment is expensive and hard to come by. We also thought that maybe teaching some basic skills would make the game more enjoyable and maybe open doors for their future!

So, Sawyers ‘Camp’ was formed. We do a fall camp – the Saturday of Thanksgiving Weekend and Spring camp, each in a different community. We will provide snacks and drinks and invite some of the mothers to help just to get them involved. Ages will 6 – 15 years old. The focus is on hitting, throwing & catching, fielding and pitching- covering the basic skills and rules. We will follow up with specific clinics and invite the students of past camps to focus on one skill or another. These clinics will be at different times each year. This camp is also an official sanctioned event with the Asociasion de Artes an fits directly into the mission of teaching the children arts and sports – skills to enlighten, entertain and just let them have fun.

How can you be involved?
To make this camp successful need to get some equipment – namely, mitts, balls and bats in all sizes…. even one thing helps – used is perfect! We are also trying to get uniforms collected so each town can have uniforms for their newly started teams. For the camp day, we need instructors and assistants – no coaching experience necessary. Spanish language knowledge is nice, but not required. The more helpers we have, the better we can teach and the more fun for the kids it will be. We are also collecting money donations for the snacks and so we can have a camp shirt for each child participating.

Our long term mission besides teaching the game of baseball, is to have youth teams formed in the various communities so that we have our own Baja Sur little league! We can then watch the games and cheer on our community team!

Anyone interested in helping or donating, please contact Chris Courtright at jonandchris@juno.com. Ideas and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Lets get ready to play ball!

Kids from our Camp pose for our end of day photo