The Chicago Bulls/Chicago White Sox
Training Academy provides the Cayman Islands Little League with an incredible White
Sox spring training camp every January.
One particular local, Justin
Derrick, is an eight-year-old sensation. He won the opportunity to fly to
Chicago and be a guest of the White Sox at the game on 9 April against the Minnesota
Justin and his parents were able to
enter US Cellular Field prior to the stadium gates opening to the public to
check out the White Sox batting practice and meet some of his favourite players
including Paul Konerko, Andruw Jones and manager Ozzie Guillen.
Earlier in the trip, Justin
received private instruction at the Chicago Bulls/White Sox Training Academy in
Lisle, Illinois from Illinois High School Hall of Fame coach and Academy
instructor, Phil Fox, and toured downtown Chicago.
Derrick’s baseball skills have
provided him with another experience of a lifetime. He won the opportunity to
return to Chicago in September to compete in three different skill competitions
during the 2010 White Sox Champions Day by beating out all the kids in his age
Derrick’s total points scored
during the skills competition was actually the top score of any age group in
the Cayman Islands from seven to 14 year olds.
Every baseball and fastpitch
softball player attending one of over 200 summer camps held between June and
August in over 75 communities in the Chicago area compete in a variety of
skills competitions and have their abilities tested in some of the same skills
that pro scouts use to evaluate talent.
Champions Day is held every year at
the home of the 2005 World Series Champions – US Cellular Field and consists of
the Top 30 qualifiers in each age division.
The White Sox Academy Cayman Island
spring training camp is over three days and features instruction in offensive
and defensive skills along with game competition.
The camp gives every kid an opportunity
to fulfil their dream of playing baseball and learning the same techniques the
pros use on a daily basis from professional White Sox Academy instructors.
The Academy opened in 2001 and runs
extensive training programmes for boys and girls from beginner to professional.
The official summer camp programmes
have helped over 50,000 children develop their baseball, fast-pitch softball
and/or basketball skills over the past 17 years. There are additional satellite
White Sox Academies in Glen Ellyn, LaGrange, Tinley Park and Northwest Indiana.
For more information or to
register for the 2010 White Sox Experience Camp, visit the Academy website at www.BullsSoxAcademy.com