Ex-pros hosting baseball camp at Columbus High

DOWNEY – If you’re looking for top-notch baseball instruction for your kids this summer, a group of Christian ex-professional ballplayers are hosting a week-long  camp.

Downey First Baptist Church is sponsoring the ‘Fellowship of Christian Athletes: Called Up’ baseball camp from July 16-20 at Columbus High School, 12331 Woodruff Ave.

The camp is for children ages 5-14 and it runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p..m.

Lunch is included.

The camp will feature instruction from several former professional ballplayers, including Ben Orr, a former Biola University standout who played minor league ball, and Sean Rooney, a former Washington Nationals Triple-A catcher. Most likely there will be a 5-1 player-to-coach ratio. The children will rotate to learning stations, so there will be wire-to-wire instruction all day. At the end of the week, the kids will play in a baseball tournament against the other campers.

Click here to get to the registration page or to get more information.

I put this announcement in the blog section because I know Ben Orr pretty well and I’m officially making the first downeybeat.com recommendation in the site’s history. I’m not getting paid to do it — not with money or through any trade of services or discounts for my own children.

Ben, who runs the camp, goes to my church. And my daughter has been to his soccer camp.

He puts on another baseball camp at Biola, which is packed every year. The cost over there is $240, but FCA is trying to keep the cost low and build the camp’s reputation in Downey. So it’s $215 for this version. If you cannot afford the camp but really want your child to go, please call Ben at 562-686-8262 and see if you can work something out.

Ben and his brother Sam played against my little brothers in college. My brothers, both of whom were good, said the Orrs were two of the best players in the area.

I’ve seen Ben with his own kids. He’s a good man who has an honest, real perspective about sports and what it’s like to chase the dream of being a professional athlete.

Plus, if you’re going to turn your child over to some jocks for a week, why not send him or her with jocks that are going to care about your kid, not just how well your kid plays baseball.

For more information, go to http://socalfcabaseball.org/

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