Brown, Meloan to Host Youth Camp
Oct. 6, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - Former Arizona and current professional baseball players Jordan Brown and John Meloan have announced plans to hold a youth baseball camp this December to benefit the Tucson community and Tucson Little Leagues.
The Jordan Brown and John Meloan Baseball Camp will be held at James Kriegh Park and Canyon del Oro High School on December 5-6. Two age groups, 8-12 years old and 13-17 years old, are eligible to participate. Participants can attend the camp for either a single day or both days.
'We are excited to have an opportunity to support and give back to the Tucson community,' Brown, a co-founder, said on behalf of the camp. 'Every year, our camp will donate a portion of the proceeds to a local Little League of our choice, in addition to the hands-on coaching that our camp will offer.'
Brown and Meloan, who played together on the 2004 Arizona team that reached the College World Series, hope that their baseball camp can have a profound impact on the local community. In addition to working with the development of young players at their camp, Brown and Meloan also hope to reach out to parents and coaches, who are encouraged to attend the camp and see first-hand the teaching provided.
The camp is aimed at providing youngsters from Little League to high school with the essential fundamentals and good sportsmanship in baseball. Parents, coaches and the campers can learn baseball drills that will help with player development and injury prevention. Additionally, the camp will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Arizona District 5 Little League Scholarship Fund and Canyon del Oro Little League.
The Arizona District 5 Little League has formed a foundation to provide full-scholarship for graduating high school seniors who have participated in District 5 programs. The goal of the district is to provide $1,000 for each high school within district boundaries hoping to realize young children's dreams of a college education.
'We strongly believe in financial aid because we've both seen it first-hand throughout our careers and we understand how vital it is for those in need,' Brown said.
Additional proceeds from the camp will be donated to CDO Little League and will be used for field and facility repairs, field upgrades or a new scoreboard.
At the conclusion of the camp, ProActive Physical Therapy will have an information booth set up for camp participants, parents and coaches to learn about proper conditioning and ways to prevent injuries.
'We hope parents take the initiative to learn from our teachings,' Brown said. 'After all, most great players have one thing in common - great coaching.'
Brown is a former All-American first baseman at Arizona who was drafted in the 4th Round of the 2005 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Since concluding his career with the Wildcats, Brown has been recognized as the Carolina League Class-A Most Valuable Player (2005), the Eastern League Class-AA MVP, and the International League batting champion (2009).
Meloan is a two-time 10-game winner at Arizona and was drafted in the fifth round of the 2005 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2006, Meloan was named the Class-AA Reliever of the Year by MLB.com. He made his MLB debut the following year for the Dodgers. He has since played for the Cleveland Indians in 2008 and with the Oakland A's in 2009.
For more information on the Brown/Meloan Baseball camp, call 520-465-5250 or send an email to email@example.com.
December 5-6, 2009
James Kriegh Park
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (8-12 years old)
Canyon del Oro High School Varsity Field
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. (13-17 years old)
Costs: $110 for both days or $60 for one day