Cornerstone University received a $75,000 donation to be used over the next three years to provide baseball camp scholarships to Grand Rapids inner city students who might otherwise not be able to afford the $230 camp.
“If we want to impact the world for Christ we have to give opportunities to those who normally wouldn’t be able to participate,” said Dave Mitroff, head baseball coach at Cornerstone who organized the camp.
Mitroff is expecting nearly 50 boys at the inaugural camp June 24-28 on campus. Ranging from 6th - 8th grade, about 35 of those will receive a scholarship. Transportation, equipment and meals will be provided.
CU coaches and baseball team members will instruct the boys in agility, throwing, defense and hitting with games played on the new state-of-the-art baseball field.
But, most of all they will learn a new pillar of the Champions of Character program every day, said Mitroff.
“Baseball is a great opportunity to teach discipline, character and integrity that can be used everyday,” he said. “We will emphasize different character traits each day as well as devotions.”
Mitroff is working with the director of the Grand Rapids Park and Recreation department and other local agencies to recruit students who may need a scholarship.
Sage Products of Cary, Ill. donated $25,000 per year for the next three years for baseball scholarships, equipment, transportation and other aspects of the baseball programs for children.
For students interested in attending the camp register at, www.cugoldeneagles.com or call directly with scholarship requests 616.254.1671.