Westlake camp honors supporters
The Phil Bova Baseball Camp, which is held on the grounds of the Westlake Recreation Center and has become a summer tradition for many area families, recently celebrated its 43rd year of teaching the proper fundamentals of baseball – as well as the principles of discipline, dedication, responsibility and respect for others – to over 200 area boys and girls, ranging in age from 7 to 14 years old.
At the conclusion of the five-day camp this summer, an awards ceremony was held, where founder Phil Bova and director Jim Delvecchio introduced the staff of 36 coaches and counselors to parents, grandparents, families and friends, along with presenting individual awards to the campers and trophies to winners in each age group.
Also recognized at the ceremony were men and women who have supported the camp through their volunteerism, camp scholarships and commitment to the principles and overall success of the camp and its participants.
This year's "Man of the Year" awards were given to Dr. Steven A. Lamb, a respected surgeon and resident of Bay Village, and John Stipek, assistant superintendent for the Diocese of Cleveland, former principal at St. Bernadette's School and Westlake resident. The "Woman of the Year" honor was bestowed upon Julie Onacila, educator and principal at St. Brendan School in North Olmsted.