Kids take the field during baseball camp created by local 13-year-old boy

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CENTRAL POINT, Ore.- A baseball camp that was created for local kids by a 13-year-old boy took place May 21.

“One, two, three, camp!” players shouted.

Last week, NBC5 News introduced you to Quincy Ballard, a young baseball enthusiast who wanted to find a way to give back to his community. So, he created Q’s Camp, which originally started as a camp for foster kids ages 8 to 12, but with some extra spots open, other kids who wanted to learn were invited to join in on the fun. Two of those kids are 8-year-old Joey and 11-year-old Luke.

“What I think is going to be the most exciting part is seeing how other people can make a love for baseball,” Joey said.

Quincy instructed kids through hitting, fielding and base running practice. Even NBC5’s Lauren Pretto ran to home plate. Quincy says next year, they’ll host the camp again, but it’ll look a little different.

“We are going to end up having high schoolers and the kids I play with right now; we’re going to have them more help with the camp and we’re just going to make it to where everyone’s volunteering to help kids help kids and have them enjoy the game,” Quincy said.

Angie Ballard, Quincy’s mom, says they plan to offer the camp to all little league kids in the area for free next year.

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NBC5 News Reporter Lauren Pretto grew up in Livermore, California and attended University of California, Santa Cruz, graduating with a double major in Film/Digital Media and Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing. Lauren is a lover of books, especially Agatha Christie and Gothic novels. When her nose isn't buried in a book, she knits, bakes, and writes.
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