by Jordan Lank
The Fayetteville SwampDogs hosted their final Kids Camp of the 2019 summer, in which 'Dogs head coach David Anderson and assistant coaches Nick Ascue and Matt Riebesell gave campers an exciting morning of baseball activities.
Campers reported bright and early, ready for a morning with the SwampDogs. The camp featured a three-station rotation in which kids participated in hitting, baserunning and defensive drills with the coaches.
Camp participants then split into three groups and toured J.P. Riddle Stadium, making stops in the SwampDogs' locker room, dugout, and the press box. The morning concluded with a pick-up game between the campers before lunch was provided.
"It was a great experience for us to be able to introduce ourselves to the community and work with some of the youth players in the area," Anderson said. "It was an environment that blended instruction, competition, and lots of fun, and we're glad we had such a great turnout."
"It's a great opportunity to have a really fun time with the kids in the local community," Riebesell said of the camp. "They really idolize our players and know them by name and position. Whether our guys know it or not they are role models to these kids, and I hope we made the kids feel like SwampDogs for the day."
The camp was the third in a string of three camps the team offered throughout its summer season. The SwampDogs will host their annual Fun-Go's Fun Day at the Ballpark on Thursday, consisting of more baseball-related activities and fun water games. Interested campers can sign up by calling 910-426-5900. That evening, the SwampDogs will play the Morehead City Marlins at 7:05 with the final Fireworks Extravaganza of the season taking place shortly after the game.