POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
NEW DATE WILL BE:
FEBRUARY 1 / 10AM-5PM
February 1, 2020
Richard Bell Field
Cartersville Baseball Complex
About the Camp
NOTE: ORIGINAL CAMP DATE OF 1/11/20 HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO LIKELIHOOD OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE NEW CAMP DATE WILL BE FEBRUARY 1, 2020. All other information (times, location, payment info) remains the same!
Welcome to the second annual Garrett Black Baseball Camp where we will combine baseball, community and cause to honor a child who gave us more than we could ever give back. The proceeds of this camp will fund the Garrett Black Memorial Scholarship which is awarded annually to a graduating senior Canes baseball player. Campers will learn, train and compete as baseball players while having a blast in the process. The early part of the day will consist of slick fielding fundamentals, base-running speed courses, and batting practice all over the Cartersville Baseball complex. After the lunch break, we will give the campers a chance to compete against their peers and apply what they have learned in fun events and competitions. Throughout the day, the campers will be interacting and receiving instruction from former Cartersville Canes: current MiLB shortstop with the Los Angeles Angels, Connor Justus, and former Reinhardt University catcher and current CHS baseball pitching/catching coach, Asa Williams. Members of the current CHS baseball team will also be assisting with instruction.
Cost of camp: $75 (includes all camp activities, lunch provided,
and Always Remember Garrett rubber bracelet)
Optional: $25 add-on for camp t-shirt (sizes Youth XS-XL, Adult S-3X)
*T-shirt add-on option will close January 3 to allow for printing prior to camp date*
* All payment is due on day of camp - cash or checks accepted.*
All checks should be made to Cartersville Schools Foundation.
We look forward to having you join us on this special day in remembrance of Garrett!
About the Scholarship
Garrett Black was one of Suzi's (Connor's mom) students who left this life much too early at the age of 8. He was a wonderful kid who loved baseball more than anything. After his passing, his parents Eric and Kim Black decided to create a scholarship in Garrett's name, awarded annually to a graduating senior baseball player from Cartersville High School. The CHS baseball team hosts an annual Garrett Black Day at one of their games, where they announce the total donations received and celebrate the life of Garrett together as a baseball family.
On and off the field, Connor always wears one of the original Garrett Black fundraiser bracelets, which raise money and awareness for the scholarship. This bracelet actually sparked the very first conversation between Connor and his now wife, Sidni, at the Georgia Tech 925 Bible study where the two met.
Everyone who attends the first annual Garrett Black Baseball Camp will receive their own Always Remember Garrett bracelet, identical to the originals in color and style, as part of their camp experience. Our hope is that this camp and these bracelets will help us remember a wonderful person that made an incredible impact on many lives, especially the Justus family!
In memory of Garrett Black
(AUGUST 6, 2002 – MARCH 14, 2011)
Meet the Coaches
Connor started at shortstop for the Hurricanes all four years (2010-2013), including the 2013 State Champion team. After his time at Cartersville, he went on to become a three year starter at shortstop for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets before being drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 5th round (156th pick) in 2016. During his time at Georgia Tech, CJ was a part of the 2014 ACC Champion Jackets, and was part of a team that made regionals two of his three seasons (2014, 2016). While at Tech, CJ met his wife, Sidni, and puppy son, Yoshi, and they have now been together since his sophomore year in college. Together, they have continued to chase their "3 letter dreams" - MLB for CJ and a recently finished Ph.D. for Sid from Georgia Tech. Currently, CJ is gearing up for spring training. He finished the 2019 season with the Mobile BayBears and hopes to begin the 2020 season in AAA with the Salt Lake Bees.
Asa played as a two year varsity starter at Cartersville High School (2011-2012). As a junior, he started as the designated hitter and his senior year he was the starting catcher. Each year, Cartersville made a deep run in the high school playoffs. After highschool, Asa continued his athletic and academic career at Reinhardt University where he played for four years and was the started catcher for three years (2013-2016). Since his time at Reinhardt, Asa has returned to Cartersville High School as the catching coach in 2017 and 2018 and now as the pitching and catching coach for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.