MEDFORD, Ore. — Virtual learning doesn't always have to be math tables and history lessons, sometimes it's baseball and softball drills. The Jr. Giants have brought back their summer virtual sessions as they look to reconnect with the Medford community.
"Medford has been such an important league for us," Junior Giants AmeriCorps Associate Jimmy Hurrell said. "A thousand player league is such a staple for the program and especially in Oregon... I would really love to have Medford a comeback and full strength next season."
Normally, the Junior Giants program offers a free, coed baseball and softball program for Medford-area youth ballplayers. Due to the pandemic, the program was postponed for the second straight year. But the Junior Giants are hoping to use another summer of virtual sessions to connect back with the local baseball and softball players who enjoyed the in-person sessions pre-COVID.
There's still time to sign up for the virtual sessions, which run through Saturday, August 14, and are completely free to join. The Jr. Giants program also does more than teach baseball skills.
"A big part of it is teaching youth character development, character development skills that are ranging from health to bullying prevention to leadership," Hurrell said.
The hope is that these virtual programs will reconnect the Junior Giants program with the Rogue Valley community ahead of next summer. They'll need more volunteers as well in order to help run the thousand-player program that normally runs in Medford.
To learn more and sign up for the virtual Jr. Giants sessions, click here.