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Home Place Mortgage set to sponsor weekend baseball and softball camps

Published 10:53am Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Home Place Mortgage is teaming with Cedric Buckner and Mark Fuller to provide the local area’s present and future diamond stars a chance to fine-tune their skills.
According to Eric McKinley, president of Home Place Mortgage, the camp is also a way for the company to show its appreciation toward people of Alexander City and the surrounding areas.
“Homeplace is just trying to stay involved in the community and give back to make sure our local athletes have the opportunity to better themselves,” McKinley said.
The camp, which will be led by Buckner and Fuller, will work on several aspects of the game of baseball and softball.
Areas such as pitching, fielding, hitting and baserunning are all expected to be covered.
McKinley said the idea for this event came about when Buckner reached out to Fuller in order to do something beneficial for the younger athletes.
“I’ve worked with Mark for several years, just taking private lessons with my children,” he said. “He is a fantastic person, and an all-around great guy. Cedric actually got together with Mark and tried to put this together. We told them that Home Place would be happy to sponsor it and get it out there for the community.”
Anyone who wants to attend the camp is welcome to do so, as the event is open to any and every one in Tallapoosa County.
“From my understanding, the camp is open to anyone that’s interested,” McKinley said. “They’ve gotten in touch with all the high school coaches, the junior high coaches and everyone else to make sure that anyone who wants to attend can. It’s not just one school district. it’s for every body in the county. I think they’ll be working with players and kids from Reeltown, Horseshoe Bend, and Dadeville in addition to Alexander City.”
Fuller and Buckner hosted a camp for younger players in November of this year, and McKinley said that if this event goes as well as that one did, it could lead to more regular camps for athletes.
“It depends on how successful it is,” he said. “This will be the last one for this year, as the season starts in January or February. We’re hoping that at the very least, it can become an annual thing.”
The event is free for athletes to attend, as Home Place is set to cover all fees and costs.
“That’s where Homeplace Mortgage comes into play,” McKinley said. “We’re trying to sponsor this so anyone who wants to attend can do so and gain a competitive advantage when baseball and softball season rolls around. Mark and Cedric have done an outstanding job putting this thing together. They’re great guys, and their hearts are in this for the kids.”
The baseball camp will be on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. from McKelvey Park in Dadeville. The softball camp is set to be held on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. from the Dadeville High School softball field.