Sunday is the Super Bowl, but Friday, January 30, will be a fun day for baseball fans in Thunder Bay.
Tom Valcke, who was Canadian Supervisor with the Major League Baseball Central Scouting Bureau for ten years, has taught the game all over the world, and recently served 11 years as the president of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, will be in Thunder Bay on Friday.
Between 2:30pm and 5:00pm at the The Sports Dome, located at 141 Northern Avenue, Valcke and International Canadian Academy of Sports Excellence (iCASE), will be holding a free clinic for baseball prospects from grades 7-12.
For those unfamiliar, iCASE is a place where training is part of the daily curriculum. In a world where thousands and thousands of athletes are striving for the same dream, iCASE provides student athletes, in their junior and senior years, the opportunity to develop and fine tune their skills in an academic environment in front of some of the best coaches around.
Warren Philp, TBIBA exectutive director, commented Valcke’s visit and what it can mean to the community and to the players involved.
“With our mandate of baseball development in Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay International Baseball Association (TBIBA) is pleased to promote the visit to Thunder Bay by Ontario’s only baseball academy,” said Warren Philp, TBIBA executive director. With Tom Valcke’s background in the game, iCASE is a credible option for young ball players as they strive to play at higher levels.”
For interested players, please ensure you bring your own equipment (including bats), and dress in comfortable closing. Local coaches who are interested in the event and who want to hear more about iCASE and what it has to offer, can attend the event for free.
Anyone who is looking for more information, please visit their website. Valcke can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org