By Kristin Rover
The second annual Reds Rookie Success League began June 10 in Batavia, and more than 100 children from the Clermont County area are participating in the four week character-building baseball camp.
On Monday, June 10, the camp was moved inside at University of Cincinnati Clermont College because of rainy weather, but that didn’t stop children from having fun learning about “cooperation,” the word of the day, and how to work well with each other.
The children participated in some team building activities related to baseball, including throwing the ball to a partner.
“It’s pretty fun,” Michah Donaghey, 10, said about the camp.
Donaghey said he learned that you have to trust, be patient, and rely on another person to be able to cooperate.
Joe Reinert, 10, said he learned that teamwork and cooperation are important in baseball to score the most runs.
On Tuesday, June 11, the children learned about “integrity,” and that it means to do good things when no one is watching.
Children get to participate in a variety of activities, learning opportunities and demonstrations throughout the four-week program.
The camp runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday.
Camp participants also get to meet visitors including Cincinnati Reds players, local baseball and softball players, and volunteers and employees from a variety of county organizations and groups that have demonstrations during the event.
“It’s an enjoyment to interact with all the kids,” Batavia Township Trustee Randy Perry, who volunteered at the event, said. “It’s really fun.”
Batavia Township Trustee Jim Sauls agreed.
“It’s great that all the kids have summer activities and things to do,” Sauls said.
The Reds Rookie Success League is geared toward children in the community who may not otherwise have an opportunity to attend a baseball camp.
The children are bussed in from several locations around Clermont County, and they receive lunch and uniforms at the camp.
The Cincinnati Reds Community Fund announced that they would have a Reds Rookie Success League at the Batavia Township Community Center in May of 2012.
This is the second year for the event.
In addition to officials with the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund, dozens of volunteers from Clermont County also help to make the event a success.
Batavia Township Administrator Rex Parsons said it is important to have people helping every day at camp, even just assisting the children through their daily activities.
For more information about the Reds Rookie Success League, visit http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/community/rcf_rookie_success.jsp.