Youth baseball coaching program aims to spread knowledge for free
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – A former Augusta pro baseball player is working to keep kids off the streets.
The Palmetto Peach Sports Training Academy brings kids back to baseball. Membership costs you nothing.
We caught up with the coaches teaching the kids the game of life and showing a few skills along the way.
Wilbur Gordon wants to develop the game.
“Baseball downtown has gone down so much. It’s basically on life support right now, so we’re the ones in shock. We will eventually give him a little shock to try and bring him back to life,” he said.
Gordon and the Palmetto Peach Sports Training Academy bring the field to life. They teach every child that shows up for free.
“We catch them before they enter high school, so they will have a better level, better skills when they reach high school level. That’s what was missing. They are not college educated,” Gordon said.
Perry Dunn Jr. is one of the men doing the training.
“It was an amazing race for me, and I loved every minute of it. With the talent that I have, I try to spread it everywhere,” he said.
Dunn played for the Pirates organization in the 60s and 70s. He learned about the organization when he saw Gordon at a GreenJackets game last year.
“They invited me to see what they were doing, so I went out for a week and said I was in. It just got better ever since,” Dunn said.
Gordon said, “He’s reached the highest level, and he comes here and gives his time for free.”
Gordon and Dunn are happy to do so. They like to help these young players grow.
“I love it. I love it…These guys…It’s my fountain of youth here,” Gordon said.
Gordon says anyone can come out. They train Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Diamond Lakes Regional Park.
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