Building Bridges Hal McCoy Baseball Clinic October 19, 2013
Published on October 21, 2013
Our annual Hal McCoy Baseball Clinic was another huge success! Thank you to Coach Tony Vittorio and The University of Dayton Baseball team for once again hosting our clinic! Thank you to the Sinclair Tartan Pride baseball team for joining us as well!
Saturday morning started out rainy and a little chilly, so Coach Vittorio made a change in the gameplan. Everyone met in the locker room for a briefing from the coach. 40 of his players got on their cell phones and called all 100 kids that were signed up to attend. The players invited the kids to come at 11:30 and have pizza and one-on-one time with the players from UD and Sinclair. They told the kids that after the pizza party, they would be taking them over to UD Arena to watch the Red vs Blue basketball games.
At 11:00, the kids started rolling in along with all 70 baseball players! The kids were given t-shirts and really cool hats that the Dayton Dragons brought over to give them. Coach Vittorio assembled all the kids on the practice floor and gave them a great pep talk about being teachable and coachable. He told them how important it is in life for them to always show respect to those that are teaching them and that eye contact and body language were key to being teachable.
Hal McCoy then spoke to the kids about his career as a writer for the Cincinnati Reds. The kids had a lot of great questions for Hal and listened well, as Coach Vittorio had instructed them.
After the pep talks, the baseball players and kids ate close to 50 pizzas!! Thank you to the Riverdale Optimist Club for providing the pizzas. The kids and players got a chance to talk and get to know each other. After lunch, the weather cleared a bit and they were able to go out on the field for some baseball instruction. What a blessing it was to watch the kids interacting with the players. The guys became instant role models for these kids...people that they can look up to and respect!
The kids got a chance to hang out in the locker room too. Coach Vittorio turned on the music and the kids danced...they taught the Coach a few new moves!! At 1:00, everyone went over to UD Arena to watch the basketball games together. Needless to say, the kids had a great time! They made lots of fun memories and had a blast getting to know the players. Building Bridges cannot say thank you enough to everyone that was involved in making the day a huge success!
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