Plymouth baseball to host special needs camp

PLYMOUTH — With the summer upon us, the baseball season is in full swing and Plymouth Jr. League Baseball and the PHS baseball program are hoping to get some other local players into the game.
Local coaches and players are putting together a special needs baseball camp on June 15 from 10 a.m. to noon on the C-League diamond east of the Plymouth Community Pool in Centennial Park. The camp will teach baseball skills to kids with disabilities, ages 6 to 12. Participants will get personal instruction from coaches and peers in hitting, fielding, defensive skills and more.
“My daughter Natalie (Branda) teaches a special needs class at Menominee, and she’s always telling me what a big smile her kids get just to have a ball in their hand,” said Plymouth 10-12 Travel Team coach Bob Caban. “Tony (Gamble) and I were talking and thought it would be a great idea to get some kids out and let them have some fun playing a kids game.”
Caban will get some help in instruction from his players as well as players from the Plymouth High School squad and others.
“My kids are pretty pumped to help and be there for the kids; we’ve got some high school players coming too, we’re going to match each of the kids up with a ‘buddy’,” said Caban. “We’re hoping we’ll be able to get some of the high school softball team involved too in case we have some girls who want to play who might feel more comfortable with another girl as a buddy.”
“We’re going to keep it as simple as possible, nothing complicated. There’s no charge and we’ll have free hot dogs and water. We ask that parents stick around just in case there might be any medical issues. We just want everybody to have a lot of fun playing ball.”
Participants should bring a glove and hat. Players can register at the Centennial Park Office or call Caban at 574-780-4313. Anyone pre-registered for the camp will also receive a free t-shirt.