|Published:||Feb 17, 2013 9:11 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 18, 2013 12:09 AM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - This weekend, more than 20 athletes from Special Olympics Florida experienced what it’s like to be a major league ball player when they took part in a "CVS Caremark All Kids Can Baseball Camp" during Boston Red Sox Spring Training in Fort Myers. The camp was a joint endeavor between two national, New England-based organizations – Rhode Island-headquartered CVS Caremark and the neighboring Boston Red Sox – demonstrating a shared commitment to individuals of all abilities. Through the camp, the Special Olympics Florida athletes had the opportunity to spend a day-in-the-life of a Boston Red Sox player.
At the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Baseball Camp, the Special Olympics Florida athletes worked one-on-one in the batting cage with Boston Red Sox Hitting Coach Greg Colbrunn and Assistant Hitting Coach Victor Rodriguez, took on-field batting practice with the coaches, enjoyed lunch with Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster, had a team photo taken in front of the “Green Monster” at the park, and received t-shirts, Red Sox baseball caps and baseballs, as well as a backpack filled with “game day essentials” – all courtesy of CVS Caremark. The camp was part of CVS Caremark’s national philanthropic All Kids Can program, which focuses on helping children with disabilities learn, play and succeed in life.
Over the last eight years, CVS has partnered with the Red Sox on providing the batting camp experience at Fenway Park to more than a thousand kids from across New England. Saturday's camp marked the first time that such a camp was held as part of Boston Red Sox Spring Training.