Summer is here! And while temperatures have risen across Texas, the scorching sun and humidity did not stop the children from Buckner Family Hope Center programs from heading to the ball field to attend a baseball and softball camp hosted by the Astros MLB Youth Academy.
Invited by the Astros Foundation, the children received a camp shirt, baseball pants, a belt, socks and hat to wear during the week-long camp.
All the kids had fun participating in the drills that included base running, pitching techniques, tagging practice, throwing, hitting and even a baseball and softball rule lesson. The drills were engaging and encouraging with lots of water breaks to cool down.
For some of the children, this was their first introduction to baseball and softball. For others, it deepened their appreciation for the sport.
“I’m usually a basketball person,” one of the kids remarked after camp. “But this was a lot of fun. I think I actually like baseball now.”
The camp even provided the opportunity to make some new friends. One of the girls typically has a hard time making friends, but she easily made a new friend while practicing. Gaining a new friend was her favorite thing about camp.
The camp is open to children ages 7-17 for five weeks throughout the summer. Ten children from the Family Hope Center at Reed Road attended this week and 40 more kids from the Family Hope Center at Aldine and Reed Road will attend later in the summer.