With the help of the Paducah Parks and Recreation Department, the academy’s owner David Randolph brought the camp to Paducah with the hopes of inspiring children and maximizing the talents of every athlete. Randolph and OSSA believe that sports are a great training tool and with the proper training, every athlete can progress to the next level.
From July 20 – 23, Randolph and three coaches: Rook Ellington, Travis Crouch, and Morgan Capen taught baseball and softball players ranging from ages four to 14.
Ellington and Crouch are currently playing for the Kentucky Prospects Summer Collegiate team at Brooks Stadium every Monday and Thursday this summer.
“I wanted to set a goal at the beginning of camp: learn a lot and have fun,” Ellington said, during the award ceremony on Thursday morning. “I’ll admit, I had a little fun myself.”
With a total of 32 kids, Randolph was able to spend more time with parents and each group. “I had the privilege to float around a bit and speak with parents.”
Randolph also praised the Parks and Rec Dept of Paducah. “We have a neat relationship with the Paducah Parks and Rec, which is led by Amie Clark. We’ve both had to be extremely flexible with the given circumstances. It’s been great to have a new teammate here in Paducah.”
The academy and Randolph will be returning to the local area next month for another camp. The dates are set for August 17 – 20. For more information on Ozzie Smith’s Sports Academy, you can visit their website http://ozziesmithssportsacademy.com/