Westgate Resorts Foundation and Wayne State Baseball Team Up for Orlando's Youth

January 18, 2012 Back to articles

It's better to give than to receive.

So when the Wayne State University baseball team had an opportunity to give a little back, everyone came out a winner.

Wayne State is a public research university located in Detroit's cultural center historic district. Founded in 1868, the university's 13 schools and colleges offer more than 400 major subject areas to more than 32,000 undergrad and graduate students. Despite its size and prestige, Wayne State's athletic program remains small due to limited funds and limited facilities.

David Hughes is an Area Manager with Westgate Resorts in Branson, MO and his son Logan is an assistant baseball coach at Wayne State. So when the Warriors were looking for assistance to send the WSU baseball team to central Florida last March to compete, the Westgate Resorts Foundation stepped in to help.

Westgate Resorts provided Wayne State's baseball squad with accommodations in Orlando, allowing the Warriors an opportunity to compete in a spring tournament in central Florida. But after wrapping up its games, the team stayed on for a couple extra days to give back to the central Florida community.

Wayne State partnered with the Westgate Resorts Foundation to organize and provide free baseball camps for underprivileged and challenged young athletes in the Orlando area.

The team held camps for Special Olympics - Florida, the Weeks II Success Foundation (an Orlando-based group promoting academics and baseball to inner city youth), the South Orlando YMCA and the Pine Castle Little League over a two-day period. Wayne State players and coaches led clinics for the eager youngsters, focusing not just on baseball fundamentals, but teaching teamwork and academics, as well. The result was plenty of tips, smiles and laughs for all who participated.

The Warriors are set to return to central Florida again in March 2012. And once again, the Wayne State players and coaches will be ready to give back with more fun-filled skills camps for Orlando's youth. Thanks to the Westgate Resorts Foundation, this program continues to provide a winning formula for all.