Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids

Last week I had the opportunity to help out the Atlanta Braves with the Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids. This is a great organization that gives kids with a variety of physical challenges a day of baseball training with some of their major league heroes.

Bruce Hagen making intro remarks at Braves fantasy baseball camp
I said a few words at the start of the event.
some campers at fantasy baseball camp 2013
Pitching practice for the campers
bruce hagen talking baseball with a camper
Talking baseball with one of the campers.
Alex Wood of the Braves helps with hitting
Braves pitcher Alex Wood helping during batting practice.

The camp was run in partnership with Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids, the Atlanta Braves and The Miracle League as well as the City of Douglasville Parks & Recreation Department. Douglasville has a beautiful facility with a fully accessible field. The Miracle League reached out to its members around the state and brought a great group of kids and their families to the event. The Braves Community Relations department were fantastic and handled everything. Through a generous donation from Jeremy Flug, the founder of Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids, every kid who participated was given a customized official Atlanta Braves jersey with their name printed on the back.

Bruce at fantasy baseball camp
Just some of the campers who participated.
braves pitcher anthony varvaro
Pitcher Anthony Varvaro gave out autographs and hugs.
braves player paul janish at Atlanta baseball fantasy camp for kids
Brave's infielder Paul Janish was a hit with the kids.
boy at Atlanta fantasy baseball camp
Here's another happy camper.

Three players and one coach from the Braves were kind enough to come and help the kids get a real baseball experience.  The players were Paul Janish, Alex Wood and Anthony Varvaro, and the coach was strength and conditioning coach Phil Falco.  Each player had a chance to work with every kid there at hitting, throwing, fielding and running (or wheeling) the bases. It was really fantastic.  The star of the day, though, was the Braves Mascot Homer the Brave who got hugs (and some kisses) from all the kids.

braves pitcher alex wood at baseball fantasy camp
Pitcher Alex Wood with a camper.
Baseball Fantasy camper giving mascot Homer a kiss
My favorite photo from the day.