Baseball and softball clinic brings together youth athletes of all ages

By Felicia Whatley - Staff Writer
Bolton - posted Thu., Mar. 29, 2012
Frank Loria, Matt Maulucci, Kevin McGill, Robert Flower, Christine Langton are board members of the Bolton Youth Baseball and Softball Association.
Frank Loria, Matt Maulucci, Kevin McGill, Robert Flower, Christine Langton are board members of the Bolton Youth Baseball and Softball Association.

Teens from Bolton High School and youth ages 9 to 12 came together at the BHS gym on Sunday, March 25, for a Softball and Baseball Clinic to raise money and awareness to help fight multiple sclerosis.

“It is a good opportunity for Bolton High School softball and baseball athletes. I want to give a special thanks to the Baseball and Softball Association. It is good to give back to the community and raise money to find a cure for MS,” said coach Greg Gunn, who has been coaching baseball for 14 years.

The Bolton children and teens brought their gloves, balls, and a suggested donation of $10, with 100 percent of the money raised going to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Connecticut Chapter hosted by the Bolton Youth Baseball and Softball Association.

“Many were town recreational players. There are 185 players in our organization. They are learning some of the basic fundamental skills like catching, throwing, hitting and overall fitness,” said Christine Langton, vice president of BYBSA.

The clinic was taught by BHS coach Greg Gunn and a few Bolton High players.

“We run clinics in March and April indoors to get the players in the mode before the season starts warming up. This is a special clinic because it includes the high school student athletes and is a national clinic for MS,” said Langton.

This was the second year they ran this clinic providing all the proceeds to the MS Society.

BYBSA President Robert Flowers said, “MS is something that has impacted my family. My wife was diagnosed with it a few years ago. This was a good outing last year too, bring together youth baseball and the MS Society. The coach does a good job bringing awareness of MS into his instruction to our young ones.”

The Bolton High School athletes mentored the kids, mostly from Bolton Center Elementary, in a unique setting.

“What is unique about this clinic is for the older kids to get to work with the younger ones. People don't realize that a lot of training can be done indoors. We would like to do more of this, but we are restricted to gym usage time,” said Langton.

A Bolton High School baseball player weighed in about why it was important to get involved. “It is good to get the kids learning baseball for a good cause. This is my second year in the third base position. I just want to have fun and teach the basics of baseball to set them up for the future,” said BHS student Dominick Godi.

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