Rising eighth-grade North Forsyth Middle School students Macey Cintron, Arianna Hagen, Sophia Moerschel, Addison Peck, Mandy Peretti and Emma Wheeler discovered their love of softball at recreation camps at Coal Mountain Park. The group wanted to give the same opportunity for young girls today with their own camp.
With 80 girls from Silver City and Coal Mountain elementary schools signed up and a waitlist started, the camp instantly became a success. The athletes were surprised when the number of enlistees far exceeded their expectations and were excited to start the camp.
“We wanted to let the girls know they are part of a bigger softball family: North [Forsyth Middle] feeder softball and North softball,” Peck said. “Our main goal is to host a free, high-energy three-day softball camp. We hope the girls have a blast.”
The camp took place at Coal Mountain Park from June 24-26, where girls in kindergarten through fifth grade got to learn the basics of playing softball and learn to love the sport.
The main goal of the camp was to “help build the next level of play for Coal Mountain softball girls,” as said on the girls’ camp website.
But the group added a fun twist to the activity. Players learned basic skills through water balloon toss, slip ‘n’ slide drills and hitting marshmallows – not the typical mediums for softball practice.
Starting their own summer camp came with challenges, but the girls are proud of how they pulled it off. They created a website, designed and set up yard signs and secured softball fields.
“We have learned so much in a short amount of time,” Hagen said. “It is amazing how much time it takes to coordinate a camp: designing a website with an embedded google doc to gather parent/camper info, creating a social media post, creating color-coded spreadsheets, sending/answering emails, calling all of the parents to confirm their daughter’s spot in the camp, creating a budget and designing.”
With their success in this camp, the group hopes to do more in the future. They are planning on contacting other Forsyth County middle school feeder teams in an effort to have them start their own softball summer camps. They also reported on their website that they want to offer more free softball programs throughout the year.
For more information on the girls or the softball camp, check out futurefastpitch.weebly.com.
- By Alyssa Freyman for the Forsyth County News