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2019 News Pioneer Center Softball Clinic
March 11, 2019 : OHIO Chillicothe softball team hosts clinic for Pioneer Center children


On February 22, the Ohio University Chillicothe Lady Hilltoppers softball team hosted a fundamentals clinic for students from the Ross County Pioneer Center. The clinic was hosted at the Shoemaker Center on the OHIO Chillicothe campus.


The Pioneer Center is also known as the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and serves to assist infants, preschoolers, school age children, and adults with developmental disabilities.


Over 10 students from the Pioneer Center attended the clinic, where they were able to improve upon their softball techniques with OHIO Chillicothe players. Stations included stretching, throwing, and hitting activities.


George Beck, head coach for the Lady Hilltoppers softball team, addressed the impact of the continuous partnership with the Pioneer Center. “My players are taught to be other-centered and not self-centered as members of the OUC softball team. They should think of others before themselves. The Pioneer clinic is one way they can demonstrate and participate in helping others. The Pioneer kids get the opportunity to meet my kids and practice basic softball skills with my players. The interaction between the two groups is a positive experience for all those involved.”


Beck also noted, “I really enjoy seeing the Pioneer kids and my players working together. The smiles on their faces tell me that this event is a rewarding experience for each and every one of them.”


Miriah Park, Adapted Physical Education Instructor at the Pioneer Center, also commented on her feelings toward the benefits of the clinic. “The clinics get our students out in the community in an inclusive environment where they can work one on one with a college student and practice skills that they learn in adapted gym class and connect it in a real setting. It gives our students a real opportunity to show off their abilities with sport.”


Park added, “It is a wonderful experience for our students to have peer guided sport activities, as they give our students the opportunity to relate the skills learned in gym class.”


The OHIO Chillicothe softball team and the Pioneer Center come together twice a year to expose the students at both schools to one another to build stronger bonds. The next clinic with the Pioneer Center will take place in the fall.