Case Western Reserve University’s National Youth Sports Program visits Dominican Republic Training Facility
Earlier this month, 30 students and staff from the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) at Case Western Reserve University had the opportunity to visit the Indians Dominican Republic training facility.
The Dominican Republic facility was unveiled in 2011 as a place to house the team’s Dominican Summer League and better develop young Latin American baseball prospects. The Indians have seen great success in players coming out of the Dominican Summer League including Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar, third baseman Giovanny Urshela and top-prospect Erik Gonzalez. The camp aims to help talented ballplayers such as them grow and continue to achieve high success on and off the field.
The state-of-the-art facility, located in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic, includes two complete fields, four bullpens, a gym and training facility, indoor recreation center and a classroom where players are taught English.
While at the Indians camp, Case’s NYSP took a group tour of the complex and enjoyed local cuisine prepared by the facility’s chefs.
Case’s NYSP was created in 1970 as a sports camp to help 250 underprivileged youth, and has since grown reaching nearly 600 children. The small group who traveled to the Dominican Republic was chosen based on their abilities to be certified lifeguards and speak Spanish.
–TribeVibe contributor Angela Martin