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Sapp baseball camp set for June 5-9 at Sweetwater Park

The 26th Annual Robert Sapp Baseball Camp is accepting applications for its summer session to be held at Sweetwater Park in Thomson, June 5-9. The camp is from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and is for boys 7-14. Six year olds may attend if they are skilled enough to play with the seven year old groups. The fee is $120 with team rates available ($10 discount for five or more players from one summer league team).

Former Middle Georgia College and University of Georgia head baseball Coach Robert Sapp will be the Camp Director. Coach Sapp has directed numerous camps for the past 25 years throughout the state of Georgia. More than 100 of Coach Sapp's former players have signed professional contracts and 19 have played in the major leagues. Coach Sapp's college coaching record was 915-210.

Former major leaguer Tommy Dunbar will be on this year's staff. Dunbar, from Graniteville, S.C., played professional baseball for 12 years including two with the Texas Rangers. He played centerfield for Coach Sapp at Middle Georgia College when he led them to two National Junior College championships. High school coaches from throughout the state and former and present college players will also make up the staff.

The camps will feature baseball fundamentals, game competition, videos, motivational and instructional lectures and demonstrations.

The camp will benefit all campers, whatever their skill level, as each camper will have the opportunity to work on all phases of his game. Two of the last six years' number one draft picks by the Atlanta Braves, Adam Wainwright of St. Simons Island and Jeff Francoeur of Lilburn, attended the Robert Sapp Baseball Camp when they were young.

Information and brochures on the camp can be obtained by calling the Thomson Recreation Department (706-595-2152) in Thomson; or Coach Robert Sapp in Gainesville (770-287-3309) or e-mail Brochures can also be picked up at the Sweetwater Park concessions stands in Thomson or the Thomson-McDuffie Recreation Department.

Web posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2006

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