Jake Brigham, a Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) player, gives baseball tips to Team Osan and Republic of Korea Air Force kids at Osan Air Base, ROK, May 20, 2019. American players form the KBO visited the base to host a baseball camp for youth baseball players here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)
Jake Brigham, a Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) player, gives baseball tips to Team Osan and Republic of Korea Air Force kids at Osan Air Base, ROK, May 20, 2019. American players form the KBO visited the base to host a baseball camp for youth baseball players here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

Military kids get pro tips

by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa
51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

More than 150 team Osan and Republic of Korea Air Force children participated in a baseball camp at Osan Air Base, ROK, May 20, 2019.

The camp was hosted by five American Korea Baseball Organization players and the 51st Force Support Squadron community programs planning office (CPPO) to teach participants proper baseball techniques.

“We wanted to have the kids come out, meet and greet players, and get the chance to learn new skills and abilities,” said Senior Airman Armond Glover, an Airman assigned to the 51st FSS CPPO.

The players also thought it would be a great idea to come out, work with military children and have a good time, said Eric Jokisch, a pitcher with the KBO Kiwoom Heroes.

The camp had three stations; pitching, catching and batting. At each stop, participants spent time working on their skills with different players.

“The kids were really into it,” said Airman 1st Class Jamil Stallings, an Airman assigned to the 51st FSS CPPO. “They learned tips that they probably don’t get every day, and it was great to see them all smiling and having a fun time.”

After the stations were over, the children spend one-on-one time meeting players, getting signed memorabilia and taking photos with them.

“I had a great time,” said Sidney, a participant in the camp.

This once in a life-time chance presented to the young participants is one they might not forget, said Jokisch.

“That’s where we all started, at a young age,” he said. “I never had an opportunity to work with professional athletes at their age, and to have the opportunity to talk or hang out with one is something I would have loved.

“We always try to give back when we can,” Jokisch added. “Overall, it’s been a really good experience for us [KBO players] and the kids too.”

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