More than 80 campers participated in the first CAC Catholic Baseball Camp in Fairfax, Va.
On July 24, more than 80 boys and girls from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area participated in CAC’s Catholic Baseball Camp at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Va. The day included Mass, talks/Q&A, and baseball instruction from current and former professional and collegiate baseball players. Washington Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen spoke to the campers after Mass about how his faith has influenced his life and his baseball career. Baseball instruction was led by Stammen, Tom Carroll (Cincinnati Reds), Jim Hannan (Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers), Billy Emerson and Jeff Nolan (Paul VI High School), and members of the DC Padres priest/seminarian baseball team, led by Father Andrew Fisher (Arlington Diocese Liaison to CAC). CAC presented one camper who best exhibited love of God and love of Baseball with the Mike Sweeney, Sr. Courage Award.
“Today’s camp exceeded our expectations,” said CAC President/Founder Ray McKenna. “The turnout was incredible and we received nothing but positive feedback from campers and parents and requests to do this again next year. We are especially grateful to all of our camp instructors for their hard work on the field and to the Paul VI High School community for their hospitality.”
An example of the feedback received immediately following the camp:
“My husband brought our son to the Catholic athletes for Christ camp today. Both my husband and son were, and still are, very excited about the whole day. My son was nervous so my husband attended Mass with him and he said it was wonderful. The two of them were both impressed with Craig Stammen’s talk after Mass. My son is still talking about working with Tom Carroll and Jim Hannan. They were also very impressed with the priests from the DC Padres. My son did not think the priests could do anything that fun and felt it was awesome that they could still play baseball. Thank you so much for coordinating this event. Please send a heartfelt thank you to all of those who helped with today’s event. We look forward to attending next year!”
Washington Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen teaches pitching skills to a group of younger campers