The Reading Fightin Phils joined aspiring young baseball players at the Oakbrook Park in Reading on Saturday. Gathering to celebrate the dedication of the park, residents enjoyed hot dogs, soft drinks, and baseball.
The reading housing authority, Olivet Boys and Girls Club, and Baseballtown Charities partnered to refurbish and program the baseball field here. There will be a baseball and softball training camp for children ages 5-9. Chairman of the reading housing authority, Steve Belinski spoke of the lessons you learn through baseball highly.
“I learned to respect coaches and managers, I learned to cheer for the one with the least amount of abilities as hard as the one with the best abilities. I learned to compete hard, to do my best, and whether we won or lost to shake hands with my opponents. These lessons stayed with me throughout my life.”
Belinski remembers learning to play at a young age and looks back on the time fondly as the lessons that he took away played a roll in his life day to day. Roberto Sanchez, director of baseball town charities river for life program, and former resident of oakbrook, was passionately emotional.
“As soon as I was old enough to cross the street, I began to play baseball in this field.– this field holds a special place in my heart.” Sanchez lived on Scott street for more than 15 years and grew up in the community of Oakbrook. Sanchez is looking forward to helping to teach the kids of Oakbrook learn the game of baseball.
Oakbrook park will have sign ups for the training camp they are having. Members of the Olivet Boys and Girls Club may attend the event for free and the signups will be running for the rest of the month of August.