Some of the best players in Virginia baseball history held a camp Saturday at the Rise Baseball Academy in Midlothian.
Tyler Wilson, Jarrett Parker, Phil Gosselin, Steven Proscia and a slew of former UVa greats spent eight hours passing on their baseball knowledge to nearly 100 area youngsters.
But Saturday's camp had a far more meaningful purpose than just helping younger players improve their skill.
All proceeds from the camp and from a silent auction went to the Cindy Coleman ALS Fund.
Coleman is the mother of another former UVa great, David Coleman, and is currently battling ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Wilson and Parker helped spearhead the event to aid the Coleman family in their fight.
"From the moment they told me, I felt really blessed to have people like that in my life," David Coleman said. "It's a really great feeling."
"Everybody's helping out anyway they can," Parker added. "It's awesome to see what Coach (Brian) O'Connor and Coach (Kevin) Mac(mullan) over at UVa have instilled in us. They've instilled that family aspect."
"We've all become what I like to call brothers," Wilson explained. "And we'll forever be a tight-knit family. So when someone in your family needs help, we'll do whatever we can to help give back."
With most of the players currently enjoying success at the minor-league level, the kids in attendance Saturday got some valuable advice. But the players themselves say it's the least they can do to help the woman who's helped them over the years.
"Cindy is an amazing woman," Wilson said. "I can remember meeting Mrs. Coleman our first year and she's been there for all of us for so long. The Colemans were at every single baseball game, pulling for us, supporting us, in the College World Series. They were always there. They had our backs."
Now, the players say it's their time to return the favor and have the Coleman's backs.
"It's amazing to think that outside of baseball, all the friends you made in college will also have an affect on your personal life and your family life," David Coleman said. "And that's exactly what happened here."
If you'd like to help the Coleman family and donate to the fund, visit the Cindy Coleman ALS Fund website for more information.
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