While a number of their teammates took trips to various sunny, Spring Break locations, other members of the Northview baseball team took the time to work on fundamentals with area youngsters.
For more than 10 years, the Northview baseball program has annually hosted a free baseball clinic for children in the Clay County area who were interested in working on fundamental aspects of baseball.
Though the afternoon camp is for the youngsters to learn more about the game, according to varsity head coach Gary Witham, members of his team learn a lot as well. "The clinic is really nice for the kids," commented Witham. "But I think our kids learn as much as the kids they are teaching. It's one thing that I learned as a teacher. You tend to learn things when you are teaching others."
While the camp, that features stations designed to teach the attendees more about baserunning, throwing and hitting as well as positional play, has been a part of the Northview program for many years, the coaches and players enjoy working with kids who might later end up in a Knight's uniform.
"I think it's nice for the kids to do something for the community," said Witham during the clinic. "It's nice for our athletes to volunteer and for some of the kids who don't get to go on Spring Break, it gives them something to do. I think everyone enjoys the afternoon."