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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Phillies at Nor-Gwyn

This week my Little-League-aged son participated in a baseball camp at the Nor-Gwyn fields, though it was actually sponsored by the Sanctuary United Methodist Church, which is next door. Like a few other similar camps and leagues in the area (Upward basketball, for example) it is a combination of ministry outreach and sports that seems to be filling in a niche for sports 'fun' leagues that emphasize skills over competition and don't require as huge of a time commitment as traditional sports leagues with their ever-expanding practice and game schedules.

The highlight was the appearance of two Phillies players, outfielder John Mayberry Jr. and catcher Erik Kratz, who I photographed back in his high school days playing for Christopher Dock. Both talked baseball and faith, then spent time with each one signing autographs and posing for photos.

Erik Kratz at Sanctuary UMC in Upper Gwynedd. Camp was moved indoors due to rain.


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