DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A summer camp in east Dallas is bringing America’s pasttime back to the inner city. RBI Camp is a free baseball camp started four years ago by a couple of brothers, Miles and Louis Andres. The two were just teenagers at the time.
“This was an opportunity my brother and I had when we were kids,” Louis said, “but not everyone is offered that now.”
Lauren Garcia is one of nearly 90 kids taking a swing at baseball during this summer’s camp. “I thought, when I first started baseball, I would be amazing,” she said, “but I’ve learned I have to practice to get to how good I am now.”
While Garcia may be perfecting her batting skills, she is learning a lot more than just the basics of baseball. “In order to be a good team player, you have to have good sportsmanship,” she explained.
RBI Camp takes place at Dave Andres Ballpark, at the JFK Learning Center in east Dallas. The ballpark was named after the Andres brothers’ grandfather.
RBI Camp stands for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, and it is free for all children to participate.
“Waking up at 7 o’clock on any other summer day wouldn’t be much fun,” Miles said, “but knowing I get to come out to all these kids having so much fun, being together and being with the counselors, it makes me want to get up in the morning.”
RBI Camp started with just 40 kids and a one-day baseball clinic, and has grown to two one-week camps.
“We do a batting station, outfield, infield and then pitching,” Louis said.
“It’s just a great experience to create all these bonds with these kids,” Miles added.
While these two brothers are teaching kids about baseball, the kids are teaching their coaches a thing or two as well. “They remind me of how much I love the game,” Louis said.
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