Westlake baseball camp a summer tradition

Campers practice sliding skills at the annual Phil Bova baseball camp in Westlake. Photo by Dave Mills.

Phil Bova's love of baseball and passion for training youngsters on the fundamentals of the sport was evident once again at his 41st summer baseball camp, which was held at the Westlake Recreation Center and attended by a record-breaking 205 participants. 

During the weeklong camp, campers received invaluable training and insight from high school, college and professional level coaches and staff, while learning how to improve their individual playing skills and become team players in a highly organized, positive and fun-filled environment.  

One of Phil's mottos, which is posted on a sign at each of his annual baseball camps, is "Enthusiasm is contagious. Be a take-charge player." This saying captures the essence of Phil's philosophy about baseball and about life and has made a lasting impression on many of the camp's past participants, who still recognize and practice this principle throughout their daily lives. 

At the awards ceremony for this year's camp, which was  attended by more than 500 people, Phil shared his energy and enthusiasm with the audience and expressed his gratitude to his wife, Donna, and to the many coaches, parents and campers who made this year's camp a huge success.

Laura Gonzalez

Bay Village resident

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:42 AM, 07.22.2014