Rivets finish up first summer of hosting youth training camps

LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) Sports camps are the thing to do during the summer. Fred VanVleet hosts his own basketball camp. The Rockford All-Stars have been doing it for three-plus decades. Now the Rivets are getting in on the action as well.

More than a hundred kids attended the third of three youth training camps Monday morning hosted by Rockford. It's the first summer the Rivets have organized this event. Kids ages ranging from 6-14 learn the fundamentals of the game from the players like hitting, pitching, base-running and fielding.

Head coach Josh Keim plans to make this a yearly summer camp. He said he has no problem getting his guys to volunteer their mornings to teach Stateline ball players.

"With our schedule and playing every night, for these guys to come out at 8 a.m. and be around these kids all day, they love it," said Keim. "They'll sign autographs after, eat lunch with the kids."

"For this area it means a lot, and for this organization. Just getting in the community, the baseball community, providing the opportunity for these kids to come out and learn some fundamentals. Most importantly, have fun, be around college baseball players, learn from them. These guys are from all over the country. It's good for those guys to give back to the community too."