Bill Steckis Holds Free Baseball Clinic

By: 10/11 Staff Email
By: 10/11 Staff Email

The rainy day couldn't dampen the spirit, even for players of an outdoor game forced inside.

"This is my way to do it, humble and low key about it," said 10/11 Anchor/Reporter Bill Steckis. "I do it for the kids."

For the 13th year in a row, Steckis held a free baseball clinic for kids hoping to improve their skills.

"(I learned) how to field and keep your head down," said Colin Seey. "Your knuckles don't have to be so tight on everything."

Steckis added "I had such good coaching as a kid growing up and that was a blessing. I need to pay that forward and for 13 years this was a really good way to do it."

With a lot of experience and some familiar faces, people with a gift for the game give back.

One of those giving back was Creighton Baseball Coach Ed Servais. "For us to give up a couple hours to spend with these young people between the ages of 6 and 14, it's the least that we can do."

Their least can mean the most.

Dallas More said he enjoyed "just getting to be by the Creighton players."

Michael Standfill took away skills to improve his play at the plate, saying he was "learning hitting stances and how to hit the ball properly."

"We are a society that doesn't want to do a lot unless they get paid for it," Servais later commented. "It's good for our college kids to understand that you don't have to do everything for a stipend of some sort."

Even through the mist of a dreary day, it's not hard to find the brightest of smiles thankful for the free advice, both on and off the field.

"It means a lot actually that they're kind enough to do this for us to make us better players and stuff," Standfill said.

Steckis finished by saying "at least for a day, somebody will show them that somebody cares and give them the spirit to give back."

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