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Wolf Pack baseball adds third summer youth camp to schedule
by Tribune Staff
Jul 18, 2013 | 1407 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Carter Eck, who will be a second grader at Van Gorder Elementary School in north Sparks this fall, celebrates after watching a teammate record an out during scrimmage action Wednesday morning at Wolf Pack baseball camp.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Carter Eck, who will be a second grader at Van Gorder Elementary School in north Sparks this fall, celebrates after watching a teammate record an out during scrimmage action Wednesday morning at Wolf Pack baseball camp.
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The University of Nevada baseball program's summer youth camps have proved so popular that Wolf Pack coaches have added another to their schedule.

Wolf Pack players and coaches hosted a three-day June camp and then just wrapped up their second session of camp this week as it ran Monday through Wednesday.

"We want to provide an opportunity for the community to experience Wolf Pack baseball, teach them the fundamentals of baseball and have fun in the process," Wolf Pack assistant coach Matt Fonteno said. "The camps are also a great opportunity to showcase the  University of Nevada as an institution.

"Our goal is to do our part in associating our program to the community and continue the great baseball that's in the area.

Mission accomplished! The numbers are the evidence. The recently completed second session of Wolf Pack baseball camp had 87 kids enrolled, the highest figure in at least the last three years.

That's led Nevada camp organizers to add a third session, which will run Aug. 5-7. The final open week for area kids before the Washoe County School District kicks off its new school year.

Like the previous two camps, the third session will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Nevada's Peccole Park. The camp is geared toward kids ages 6 to 13. Once at camp, the kids will be split into age-appropriate groups.

The camp brochure lists highlights as: individual and group instruction, indoor batting cages, game instruction, camp hat and T-shirt. The registration fee for campers is $125.

"Our camps are one of the best ways for us to connect with the community and to get to know the kids and families of our great city," Fonteno said. "For us to provide an opportunity for the kids and high schoolers in our community to learn and play baseball at Peccole Park is a great experience for everyone.

"It's a great experience for our players to interact and instruct the kids at camp. In the end they end up learning a lot about themselves and it's always great for them to give back.

The kids at camp really look up to the players, like they're big leaguers. They really enjoy being around them for the week."

To sign up for the camp or further questions, contact Coach Fonteno by phone at 682-6980 or by email at mfonteno@unr.edu
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