SARASOTA, Fla. - Every year, more and more pro players show up to teach at the All-Pro Baseball Camp. That is because more and more ballplayers from the area are making it to the pros.
This December will mark the 4th year of the camp, where Chris and Casey Kelly bring their dad and friends together to teach kids aged 5-13 some baseball.
"It’s probably one of my favorite times of the year to be able to put on this camp. All the coaches that come out, they tell me that they might have had more fun than the kids did," says Casey Kelly.
The camp is a one-day affair at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota that will take place on Monday, December 23rd. The friends involved are current and former pro players. Ian Desmond of the Washington Nationals has appeared; Anthony Rizzo, a young star with the Cubs, will be there; as will Scooter Gennett, the Milwaukee Brewers top rookie this past season.
“For me and Scooter, we grew up in Sarasota and played here when we were younger, so it is great to be able to give back to the kids in the community," says Kelly.
As important as their professional success, is the fact that most of the instructors began their careers on the fields of Sarasota, including the Kelly brothers. “There are a lot of professional baseball players from here, and I think that speaks to how good the baseball here is."
Their success from local roots helps to deliver what they teach and preach at the all-pro camp. "Just to be able to have the role models; we’ve played on these fields, we’ve been through what they've been through. You can make it to the big leagues, you can make it to the majors from Sarasota."
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