Pittsburgh Pirates prospect, Hilton native hosts baseball clinic
Ogden, N.Y. - A simple goal for one pro baseball player who is back home locally this weekend: To make sure everyone feels like a major leaguer for the day.
Hilton native Jon Schwind is playing in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
Saturday, he held a clinic for people with disabilities at Salmon Creek Country Club in Ogden.
The clinic was held in conjunction with the area Challenger/Miracle Baseball Leagues in town.
“It's been important to me just because…this is part of my faith, this is a responsibility of mine,” said Schwind. “But it’s also something that my parents have instilled in me. And I need to be helping others out. That's kind of the purpose of life, is to help others out.”
“I've tried my best to give back. I wish I could do this every single day,” said Schwind.
Saturday’s event also raised money for the baseball field in Webster that will allow people of all abilities to take part in our national pastime.
The $2 million state-of-the-art Miracle Field Complex will be located at Ridge Park Athletic Complex on Ridge Road.
Ron Kampff, who started the Challenger league decades ago, told 13WHAM on Saturday that $200,000-300,000 is still needed to open the field by late summer.
For more on the Miracle Field project, click here.