Local Camp "Jazzin' It Up" with Staunton Braves

By: Janelle Lilley Email
By: Janelle Lilley Email

Some local kids got a hands-on history lesson in Staunton. The summer camp held by the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library transported kids back to Wilson's 'Jazz Age' and introduced them to America's game.

Kids saw magic tricks like the great Houdini and played a little baseball like Babe Ruth.

"We actually got to see a magician, and then we actually got to hear a little bit of jazz music, and now we're playing with Staunton Braves, and I thought it was really fun," says first time camper Adriana Castillo.

Castillo says playing with the Braves was the best part. As the 27 kids hit the field, many of them were swinging bats like the Sultan of Swat himself.

Jay Wade of the Staunton Braves says the team was glad to be a part of the day and help teach kids the history of the game they love.

"You think about Babe Ruth and some of those older guys who all these kids know, and I think it's cool that they know so much about the game. It's America's Pastime for a reason, and to be able to instill that history, I think is really neat," says Wade.

Making history fun and accessible is a mission of the library, and thanks to a grant and sponsorships from local businesses, the library was able to open the camp to more kids this year with scholarships. The camp will be held again in July, and library officials say they still have some scholarships they hope to give away.

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