Among many youth baseball games being played this week at Sweetwater Park near Thomson is the 28th Annual Robert Sapp Baseball Camp.
Founded by Robert Sapp, who coached college baseball for 35 years, compiling an impressive record of 915 victories and only 210 losses, this week's camp began on Monday and will run through Friday.
Because of recent knee surgery and complications, Coach Sapp, former head baseball coach at Middle Georgia College and the University of Georgia, is unable to attend the local camp this week, according to Thomson-McDuffie County Recreation and Leisure Services Director Bob Howard. Tim Harris, who coaches baseball at Wilcox County High School, will guide the group of youngsters attending this week's camp.
This week's Robert Sapp Baseball Camp is designed specifically to teach local youngsters the fundamentals of the game, Howard said.
"This is the eighth or ninth year that we have played host to the Robert Sapp Baseball Camp and it's been well received each year," Howard added. "I think kids really get a lot out of the camp."
The camps also are about having fun, according to Sapp during a recent telephone conversation.
"It's great to see young baseball players taking in what we're trying to teach them about the fundamentals of the game, but at the same time, it's also great to see them having fun," Sapp said.
Known as "campers," the participants at this week's Robert Sapp Baseball Camp at Sweetwater Park are from Thomson, Warrenton, Wrens, Stapleton, Louisville, Martinez, Evans, Harlem and Appling.
All of the campers are there for one reason: to become better skilled at the game of baseball. At the same time, confidence is instilled into the young players, too, by members of the knowledgeable staff that Sapp has assembled.
The camp staff consists of the following personnel: Mark Estes, Northside Warner Robins High School; Jimmy Brown, Brunswick High School; Charles Skipper, Brunswick High School; Chuck Fehr, Glynn Academy; Jimmy Lawler, Flowery Branch High School; Brian Mallette, The Bullpen, Dublin; Kenny Yanzetich, Warner Robins High School; Steven McDuffie, Hawkinsville High School; and Mitchell Curry, Richmond Hill High School.