Neil Walker, 2nd baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates, hosted over 300 young athletes at his 2nd annual youth baseball camp at Senaca Valley High School in Harmony, Pennsylvania, last month. Walker, who became a Teammate in 2014, is a Pittsburgh native whose father, Tom, also played for the Pirates. Several members of his extended family have also played Major League Baseball. Walker brought that passion for the game to his camp, where he and his coaching staff of 30 worked the young players through hours of drills and practice, sharing his tips and strategies.
Teammates provided scholarships for several youths from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania to attend the camp free of charge. The clubs' mission is to enable all young people, especially those in most need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Luke Dantry, age 9, of Canonburg, Pennsylvania, received the Good Teammate Award at this camp. Teammates has begun a new tradition of presenting this award at each camp to which they provide scholarships over the summer, in recognition of young athlete who exhibits the traits of a TOTAL TEAMMATE: leadership, toughness, unselfishness, and respect for the game and all of its participants.