The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and First Baptist Church Pastor Sixto Rosario will be holding a three-day baseball clinic, free of charge, from July 16-18.
The camp will be conducted by the Niagara Power of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. The team which plays its home games in Niagara Falls will teach participants the basics of baseball, such as throwing, hitting, running and pitching.
The camp will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon and is open to children ages 6-13. It will be held at the Dunkirk Little League Fields at Wright Park.
"We have done basketball, wiffleball, football and kickball," Rosario said of what sports his program offers. "We get around 40 kids. For this baseball clinic, the kids can bring their gloves. We can also see what we can do to help if someone doesn't have a glove. Niagara Power provides bats and balls. There are four players from the Niagara Power who are coming out - a pitcher, catcher, infielder and outfielder - just to train the basics of baseball."
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Niagara Power owner Cal Kern notes the league has been around since 1978 and conducting clinics is a requirement to play in the league.
"We will do stations and rotate and learn hitting and throwing and catching and the basic stuff," Kern said. "We will teach the basics and give them the experience of base. We do these clinics all over Western New York. We have done them in Gowanda and Niagara Falls. We do two-hour clinics. We partner with churches and organizations. This is what they are geared to do. They are expected to work with kids."
The New York Collegiate League consists of 12 teams. It is a summer wood bat league with 40 games on the schedule. Other teams in the league are Geneva, Wellsville, Rochester and Hornell.
For more information and to sign up, call Nancy Rosario at 397-0211. For more information about the Niagara Power, visit www.niagarapower.org.
Sixto Rosario also noted his program will be hosting a basketball tournament on July 28 at the basetball courts at Wright Park. The tournament is open to anyone in middle school. For more information, call 397-0211.