New York Mets Neil Walker, Former MLBers, Headline CAC’s 2016 Catholic Baseball Camp
June 28, 2016, 3:42 pm
New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker, along with several former MLB players (Tom Carroll, Cincinnati Reds and Jim Hannan, Washington Senators), provided baseball instruction to nearly 50 boys and girls at Catholic Athletes for Christ’s 2016 Catholic Baseball Camp at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va., on June 28.
Following a morning Mass and brief testimonial provided by Walker, the baseball campers were led to the field for instructional stations on hitting, bunting, fielding, pitching, and catching. At the end of the morning camp, a brief Catholic talk was provided by CAC Cathletes Chapter Coordinator Dan Duddy and the camp was closed with final words from Walker. The camp was CAC’s second in the past two years, providing an opportunity to grow in the Catholic faith and improve baseball skills.
CAC sponsors these camps in conjunction with Mike Sweeney’s Catholic Baseball Camps to provide top notch baseball instruction as a means to evangelize through sports. As Mike Sweeney explains it is “using the greatest game ever created to tell the greatest story ever told.” CAC Founder and President Ray McKenna said, “We see the camps as a practical way to follow the exhortation of St. John Paul to use sports to share the good news of the Gospel. As John Paul told us ‘Jesus was God’s perfect athlete! So then we must be athlete for Christ.'”
A gallery of photos from the camp can be found here.