Eric Wedge Camps
LEADERSHIP Beyond The Game
Eric Wedge Salutes Honoring Leadership Beyond the Game through Annual Awards for Student Athlete Leadership
Northeast Indiana high school student athletes of all sports will be recognized for their leadership on and off the playing field at the Beyond the Game Leadership Luncheon on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Two male and two female high school athletes will nominated by their school's Athletic Director to receive this honor. The luncheon is sponsored by OPS (Optimum Performance Sports) will be hosted by World Baseball Academy at its ASH Centre athletic facility, 1701 Freeman Street.
The Beyond the Game Leadership Luncheon is a tradition that began with the encouragement of Fort Wayne native Eric Wedge, who hosted baseball camps at the ASH Centre for 15 years in partnership with WBA, and helped develop the annual leadership award program. Over the 15 years of their existence, the annual Eric Wedge Baseball Camps served thousands of young baseball players with baseball skills training and lessons for life on and off the playing field. Eric Wedge donated his time to lead the camps. In May, 2019, Wedge was named Head Baseball Coach at his college alma mater, Wichita State University. While his role is now more limited, Eric Wedge remains a true friend of WBA as he continues his baseball leadership career:
With my new job at Wichita State, the combination of College Baseball scheduling and NCAA regulations, I am required to step away from two events which have been very important to me over the years: the long running Eric Wedge Baseball Camp and the more recent Wedge Foundation Leadership Luncheon.
I am pleased that the Leadership Luncheon, that honors and encourages student athlete leaders will continue. Thanks to the WBA and that event's organizing com-mittee for all they have done to make it a success.
I am proud of the 15-year history of the baseball camps. I offer a sincere thank you to the WBA and others for all the hours of hard work they have put in to make them hap-pen. The WBA is a difference making organization and I will always be supportive of their mission.
A special thank you goes to all the campers and student athletes who have participated in these events, as well as to the parents, coaches and others who support them. The opportunity to engage and interact with these young people has been a privilege.
Fort Wayne was and continues to be a great city, and I am now considering other ways to stay active in my hometown.
Head Baseball Coach -Wichita State University