Skiatook Baseball Camp Benefits Young Cancer Patients

Tuesday, June 17th 2014, 5:22 pm
By: News On 6

Sometimes baseball is about more than just the game. When someone uses his gifts to help others, it's a story worth telling.

A former professional baseball player and some of his friends have put together a baseball camp to benefit cancer patients.

The crew at Skiatook High School is getting the baseball field ready for a game Tuesday night. On Friday, the field was full of kids, about 150 of them ages 15 and under.

"We used the whole field: pitching, bunting, throwing, outfield play infield play and hitting," said Toby Anglen, former professional baseball player.

Toby gathered a bunch of his baseball friends together, former professional and college players, to work with the kids.

"It was free and they volunteered their time," he said.

In fact it's all free. Toby says his boss, Robert Nelson of Nelson Nissan Mazda, is a huge supporter.

"Sam's donates the water, Sonic donates all the food," said Toby Anglen.

Here's why they are so willing - the camp is a fund raiser this year for two beautiful teenagers, Bella Leddy and Kiley Palmer. They have cancer.

"If those kids are fighting that cancer every day, we can do something to help them," Anglen said.

Toby and his group of volunteers started beating the bushes for donations. They set up a silent auction. They sold T-shirts; they accept donations at the gate.

They even have inflatables for little brothers and sisters.

Everybody benefits: Toby and his instructors get to stay connected to the game they love. The contributions go to the families, and the kids get hours of good instruction and lessons they didn't expect.

"Baseball is not it, there's stuff bigger than that. When this game is over cancer will still be here," said Toby Anglen.

But if everyone worked to gether like this maybe we could beat that too.