Husker players share baseball and life lessons with Nebraska’s youth
On Saturday, Nebraska baseball stars of tomorrow got a chance to learn from Husker stars of the present.
WALTON, Neb. (KLKN) – On Saturday, Nebraska baseball stars of tomorrow got a chance to learn from Husker stars of the present.
Kids from Lincoln and Omaha cherished the opportunity.
“It was just an honor,” 11-year-old Brady Kingston said. “It was great to play with these high level baseball players.”
“I learned a lot from them,” 12-year-old Alex Jensen said. “Not only just mechanics, but mindset also.”
Husker baseball players Shay Schanaman, Brice Matthews, Griffin Everitt, and Tyler Martin shared their insights on the field and their mental approach off of it.
“It’s super important to be mentally tough and strong, especially in the game of baseball, where you fail more than you succeed,” Schanaman said.
“It’s okay to not see the light at the end of the tunnel right away, you just got to keep going on your journey and your path,” Matthews said.
Youth baseball players were split up into groups and rotated between pitching, hitting and fielding stations run by the four Husker players.
Afterwards, the Nebraska student-athletes gathered the young players to share answer questions, share words of wisdom, and autograph baseballs and T-shirts.
“You want all the kids to have fun and do great, but you also want them to understand that they’re going to make mistakes, and they’re going to need to learn from them and move on in order to grow and get better,” Schanaman said.
Of course, this is the first year that NCAA athletes can make money from camps like this one due to changes in name, image and likeness laws.
Husker players say their priority was to make sure the kids had a rewarding experience, but acknowledged that it was cool to be able to make some money on the side, as well.
“I want to make sure the kids have a good time, and I’m doing the best that I can to make sure these kids have a good time,” Martin said. “But it’s for sure, a great feeling, you know, just come out here and do something I love and make a little bit of money doing that.”
In total, more than 150 kids with big dreams and bright futures came out to work out with the players. They say they will take the lessons they learned today about baseball, and life, with them as they move forward.
“Obviously, I want to make it all the way up to the majors,” Jensen said. “But the next step is to make my high school team and from there, get into college.”
“I might not want to be professional, but I just want to have fun and succeed,” Kingston said. “I just want to do great things on the baseball field.”