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Tech May Save Kids' 2020 Summer Baseball

ray negron of the new york yankees with youth he coaches during the summer
(Photo Credit: Ray Negron) 

By Tuesday, 30 June 2020 12:54 PM Current | Bio | Archive

I've spent over 40 years being around all the kids youth activities the New York Yankees offer all summer long. Because of youth baseball initiatives in every borough, the memories we have been able to create are the best part of my role as a consultant with the team.

This summer will be one like no other.

As the team returns to the field — and I hope that there will be some limited programs with kids — I am also interested in seeing how teams and athletes are helping kids who will be missing large camps this summer.

One way is using technology; something which seems a little strange to me but an area that seems to be growing. I noticed today that a New York company called Famer is now working with large numbers of camps nationwide to bring interactive youth sports experiences to young people who will probably stuck at home or only with small groups in the coming months.

The partnership, with U.S. Sports Camps, the largest and most successful youth sports summer program in North America. It may reach over 100,000 campers, many of whom love baseball. "Our goal this spring was to bring our unique cloud based interactive training technology to the camps market to give kids and parents a meaningful and worthwhile summer experience," said Famer CEO Rich Abend on Monday.

"Through launching the concept with the industry leader, U.S. Sports Camps, we know we have found a fun and powerful alternative to keep kids engaged and active, and coaches involved and earning money doing what they love. Our business has grown 10-fold during COVID-19, and we are thrilled to be the go-to solution for virtual training which will continue to be important to athletes and coaches even after we all return to the fields and courts."

Famer lets organizations, clubs, and coaches upload their own personal training content or engage with Famer Productions to create custom professionally produced, edited, and curated content that can be hosted, distributed on its platform.

Famer was designed to complement in-person practices and training pre-COVID-19, but with social distancing it has become an essential partner to hundreds of organizations.

It is something that can really benefit millions of inner-city kids, which is always my focus, and help them with both technology and baseball skills. I'm looking forward to finding ways in the coming weeks to give kids in the inner-city, especially those kids in the Bronx, access to the platform to help them get through the summer and beyond.

What a great treat that will be.

Is it a perfect way to teach kids? No. But it is a lot better, and a lot easier, than if this hiatus from youth sports would have happened even a few years ago.

Thanks Famer, I cant wait to see the kids at play.

Ray Negron is a sports executive with over 40 years of experience in baseball. His first job came from a chance encounter with George Steinbrenner as a youth. He has become an American film producer, a best-selling author, and a philanthropist. His memoir is entitled, "Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers." Read Ray Negron's Reports More Here.

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I hope that there will be some limited programs with kids. One way is using technology; something which seems a little strange to me but an area that seems to be growing.
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Tuesday, 30 June 2020 12:54 PM
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