On Thursday August 8th, we at the Bethesda Big Train were happy to host the Inaugural Gio Gonzalez Foundation Camp at Shirley Povich Field. The camp benefited both the Big Train's mission to build and maintain youth ballfields in Montgomery County and the Gio Gonzalez Foundation's goal to raise money for the Washington Nationals Pediatric DiabetesCare Complex.
In addition to those two causes, underprivileged children were invited to attend the camp free of charge from Dreams for Kids, Fields of Dreams, and Most Valuable Kids.
Washington Nationals Denard Span, Anthony Rendon, and Ian Desmond joined their teammate Gio Gonzalez at Povich Field. The Nationals also sent Screech and Teddy the Racing President out to entertain the campers.
Kids were rotated between three stations. The first included Gonzalez giving tips on pitching, the second featured Span demonstrating outfield skills, and the third had a great demonstration by Rendon and Desmond on infielding and turning double plays.
At the end of the camp, Gonzalez addressed the campers for a few minutes and nine campers received awards in the form of signed bats from the players. Gonzalez also attended a VIP Luncheon in the Davis Family Picnic Pavilion that was a great time for all.
The camp would not have been possible without financial contributions from Cropp-Metcalfe, Jim Coleman Automotive, Judy and Mark Lerner, the Kimsey Foundation, Miller & Long Concrete Construction, Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care, and Riccardi Clothier.
Everything from equipment to t-shirts and from food to prizes, was donated by many great companies. Thanks to Modell's Sporting Goods, Buffalo Wild Wings, The Prime Choice Caterers, Bruster's Ice Cream, BodyArmor SuperDrink, Chandler Bats, Fluffy Thoughts Bakery, Pretzel Crisps, and Sugar Mama for their contributions.
For more information about the Gio Gonzalez Foundation, click here.