January 20, 2014 - 4:44pmUpdated: January 20, 2014 - 5:20pm
Andrew Albers talks with the media about his baseball camp in Saskatoon on Jan.20, 2014. Kurtis Doering/ News Talk
The first Saskatchewan-born Major League Baseball player in 21 years is back in the province this month, spreading a message of hard work and perseverance to students.
Minnesota Twins pitcher Andrew Albers will speak to four schools in four cities during the month of January. As well as a motivational speech, a select few students from each school will be invited to an afternoon baseball camp led by Albers himself.
Andrew Albers talks to students from Tommy Douglas Collegiate at the Soccer Centre on Monday. Kurtis Doering/News Talk.
"You hope maybe you have an impact, and its not necessarily in the baseball world. Just hopefully your words have an impact on a kid or two" Albers said Monday during his first camp in Saskatoon.
"We talked a lot about, you know, perseverance and hard work, and how that can take you a long ways. And that's a real contributor to any kind of success that you're going to have."
Albers' start in professional baseball was hampered by an elbow injury. After a couple surgeries , rehab, and a few years in the minor leagues, the North Battleford native was finally promoted to the majors in August 2013. He would go on to grab the attention of the League, pitching solid games in his first few starts for the Twins.
"You gotta continue to work because you might not just that chance right off the bat" Albers said, echoing his message to students at Tommy Douglas Collegiate. "But if you continue to persevere and you continue to really work through the ups and downs ... you're going to catch your break at some point and you got to take advantage of it."
Albers' camps are funded by Cameco, which is also providing a gift of 30 sets of ball equipment to the participating schools.
The Cameco Dream and Believe camp will be in North Battleford on Tuesday. It will move to Regina on Jan. 28 before ending in Prince Albert on Jan. 29.
Albers is also planning to offer a camp to Team Saskatchewan players in Regina and Saskatoon.