Back to basics: Chants help youth with local clinic

Coastal Carolina officially begins baseball practice for the 2013 season on Friday, but on Monday, the Chants took the field with some of their youngest friends and fans.

The Chants baseball team held a free baseball clinic for kids ages 6-12 throughout the Grand Strand to try and give back to the youth of the game. Players and coaches took to St. James, Carolina Forest and Myrtle Beach High Schools, and instructed more than 150 kids, with the emphasis of trying to explain the fundamentals of baseball while trying to grow interest in the sports.

But there was just as much fun had by the teachers as there was the kids on Monday morning.

"They're having as much fun out there as these kids are having," CCU head coach Gary Gilmore said of his players. "And that's the best part about it. You know these youngsters go out and support them and will remember them by name, and it's incredible. The relationships that are created in one day are on both sides. It's just a good thing. One of the things as a coach that you want to teach is that we're all so blessed."

The Chants begin their season on February 15th at 1:00 against James Madison. The game will be played at Francis Marion University's Sparrow Stadium. Click above to see more about Coastal Carolina's instructional camp.

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