August 20, 2007

Sac State’s baseball camp is a grand slam for young athletes

More than 100 young people will learn how to field and hit like the pros when Sacramento State hosts a free day of baseball camp on Thursday, Aug. 23.

Sponsored by the University and New Faze Development, the camp features former players such as major leaguers Ricky Jordan, James Mouton and Greg Vaughn, along with Sacramento State players and coaches, says camp director Quinn Gregory, a former minor league player. Targeted at urban young people ages 8 to 18, the event will offer high-level instruction to those who otherwise couldn’t attend such camps, Gregory says.

Students will rotate among eight stations in the morning, receiving instruction in fundamentals such as pitching and catching, and hitting and bunting. The afternoon session will include group work on base running and fielding techniques.

Gregory says the project came about during conversations between Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez and developer Allen Warren, a former minor league player. The camp’s 120 openings filled quickly, with a waiting list of 30 more.

Planned as an annual event, Gregory says the camp will be even bigger next summer. “Because of the overwhelming response this year, we want to make sure we can accommodate everyone next year,” Gregory says.

For more on the camp, call Quinn Gregory at (916) 386-8394. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.