HOUSTON – Sam Houston State baseball and Shriners Hospitals for Children have teamed up for a great cause this November with a big-league flavor to it.

The Bearkats are offering a two-hour skills camp at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, Nov. 18 with all registration fees supporting the life-changing mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children. The camp, put on by Sam Houston players and coaches, is $75 and available for grades 3-8 by registering here.

“It’s a huge opportunity to give back to such a great organization that does so much for all those inflicted by tragedy, illness or sickness,” head coach Matt Deggs said. “To be able to benefit those kids is what this is all about. It’s just a big opportunity for our program to jump in and help.”

The pairing between the organizations comes just under four months before Sam Houston takes part in the 2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic. The tournament, held at Minute Maid Park, will take place from March 2-4, with the Kats facing Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Mississippi State.

“Shriners Hospitals for Children is grateful for the support of Coach Matt Deggs and the entire Bearkat baseball program,” Dustin T. Johnson, sports marketing for Shriners Hospitals for Children, said. “The skills camp at Minute Maid Park is a unique way for baseball fans in the Houston area to help support our life-changing mission while learning from the some of the country’s best players and coaches at one of Major League Baseball’s best stadiums.”

During its last week of practice, Sam Houston spent time with a pair of Shriners patients and their families. The group received a VIP, behind-the-scenes experience including a tour of the facility and Sam Houston gear while taking part in batting practice and playing catch among other activities.

 “They’re a first class organization,” Deggs said. “They do things the right way. Their vision is to literally change the lives of every single kid who comes through those door. Their mission is to do so with world-class care. They’re doing that. For us to be affiliated with an organization like the Shriners Hospitals is a huge, huge honor.”