Kids Play Side-By-Side With Danville Braves During Annual Summer Camp

      Danville, VA - Have you ever wanted to know what it's like playing baseball with the pros?

      Kids in Danville got a chance to see firsthand this week during the Danville Braves' annual summer camp.

      Over the course of three days, they practice batting, catching, and running with players like Matt Tellor and Tanner Murphy. Groups are broken up by age, with participants ranging from 6 to 12 years old, and the camp proved to be fun for both boys and girls.

      "It's a wonderful experience to come and play on the actual field and learn things from the players, " said participant Lucy Cross.

      The camp - which cost parents about $75 - has been in Danville for more than 15 years. Team Manager Randy Ingle says it's a way to connect with the community.

      "It's really great for our players as well, giving something back to the kids in the community, and teaching them a little bit about baseball - maybe a little bit about life, " Ingle said.As the camp comes to a close, Ingle says the bonds formed during the three day camp will last season after season.

      "They get to know these kids out here and the kids get to know the players. So, when they come to the game it's first name, and it's really neat for them to kind of form this relationship, " said Ingle.