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June 6, 2013

GMC camps to help mission trip

MILLEDGEVILLE — In an effort to raise funds for the upcoming Fellowship of Christian Athletes mission trip to the Dominican Republic, the Georgia Military Prep School baseball and softball teams are gearing up to host fundamentals and advanced hitting camps.

The camps will take place Monday, June 10 through Thursday, June 13 at the GMC baseball and softball complex.

Held as two separate camps, the fundamentals camp will be for rising first through eighth grade students and will take place from 8 to 11 a.m., while the advanced hitting camp will be geared toward rising eighth through 12th-graders and will be in the evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.

“I think it’s a great thing. It’s opening the opportunity to learn the sports of baseball and softball,” Allen Simmons, GMC Prep baseball coach, said. “I’m not sure if there’s ever been a baseball and softball camp at GMC.”

The fundamental camp will stress basic aspects of softball and baseball, and will implement exercises to help young players throughout the community master the skills necessary for the games.

“The fundamentals camp is just a time when it is what it is. It’s exactly the kind of thing I teach my kids, and what I was taught when I was at the University of Georgia,” Julie Brooker, GMC Prep softball coach, said. “We play a lot of fun games and try to get good interaction with the high schoolers and middle schoolers in the fundamental camps. We’re just trying to make it a positive experience and we’re trying to open up our camp to the community.”

According to Brooker, there will also be a “team” aspect to the camp.

“Obviously, the focus is going to be on softball and baseball, but we also try to teach teamwork and team bonding,” she said.

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