Camp For A Cure, the outstanding one-day baseball camp that brings in the area's top coaches, along with many current and formr professional baseball players, returns on Sunday, Oct. 20.
The event has anually been held at Casa Grande High School, but this year moves to Rancho Cotate High School. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Boys and girls ages 8 to 15 are invited. They will be grouped by age for the various baseball-related drills and activities.
The camp is a benefit to raise money for the American Cancer society, the Lupus Foundation of America and the American Diabetes Association to aid in the research and treatment of the diseases.
Scheduled to be on the coaching staff this year is Brandon Morrow. The former Rancho Cotate star has just completed his seventh Major League season pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Among the many others who will participate in the camp are Pete Ruiz (Cincinnati Reds), Harmen Sidhu (Rays), Scott Harkin (Brewers); former pro players Joey Gomes and Chad Fillinger, both Casa Grande High School standouts; coaches John Goelz from Sonoma State, Damon Neidlinger from Santa Rosa Junior College, Joey Slater from College of Marin, Esteban Conteras from Sonoma State, Brett Kim from Sonoma State, Dolf Hess from Sonoma State, Deskehen Bomberry from Sacramento City College, former college coach Thad Johnson, Jeff Ogston from Analy High School, John Morrow from Rancho Cotate High School and TJ McMahon from Cardinal Newman High School.
There will also be a bevy of professional scouts on hand to chat with parents and provide realistic advice about young players' futures. Among the scouts expected to be in attendance are Keith Champman from the New York Mets, James Keller from the Baltimore Orioles, Rich Bordi from the Cincinnati Reds, Butch Baccala from the Seattle Mariners, Tim Cousins from the Chicago Cubs, Joe Fontino from the Milwaukee Brewers and Keith Snider from the San Francisco Giants.
A minimum donation of $50 per player is asked.
Included in the camp are a Camp For A Cure T-shirt and wrist band.
Camp directors are Casa Grande High baseball coach Paul Maytorena, Dan Leslie, and Gregg Adams. Leslie and Adams have both been touched directly by cancer, with Leslie losing wife, Laura, and Adams losing mother, Gail, to cancer in 1996.
For them Camp For A Cure and its chosen causes are personal.