Fuel Up To Play 60


On Friday, January 13th, the Fuel Up to Play 60 Club was honored to have three professional baseball players run a “Baseball Clinic” in the middle school.  About 65 students experienced professional baseball training in the areas of “Pitching,” “Hitting,” and “Fielding,” coached by Daniel Dallas, Hank Morrison, and Zach Mitchell.

Daniel Dallas worked on “Pitching” with our students.  Daniel is a 19 year old professional baseball player for the San Diego Padres.  He grew up in Springville, New York and attended school at Springville Middle.  Daniel was the original inspiration for the start of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program with the “On-Air” name of “Da, Da, Da, Dan.”  His work and dedication with the Fuel Up to Play 60 still continues to this day, 7 years later.  Daniel continued his education at Canisius High School and graduated last year, in 2016.  During Daniel’s senior year at Canisius High School, he was drafted in the 7th round by the San Diego Padres.  Over the summer, Daniel played baseball with the Peoria Padres.  He is currently training in Orchard Park, New York for the offseason.  We were very proud to welcome back one of our former students!

Hank Morrison worked on “Hitting” with our students.  He is a 22 year old professional baseball player for the Minnesota Twins Organization.  He grew up in Warren, Pennsylvania.  Hank continued his education by attending and graduating from Mercyhurst University.  There he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Business Management in 2016.  After graduation, Hank was drafted in the 22nd round for the Minnesota Twins.  He is also currently training in Orchard Park, New York for the offseason.

Zach Mitchell worked on “Fielding” with our students.  He graduated with Daniel from Canisius High School in 2016.  He was a three year starter in center field.  He had a tryout with the Minnesota Twins before the draft and got a Scholarship to play baseball at Mercyhurst University.

We were very proud to welcome back one of our former students and honored to receive valuable baseball skills for our middle school students!  In the month of February, we will be hosting a “Zumba Class,” provided by Erin Ranic.  If you are interested in showcasing an activity, or providing a health and wellness seminar, through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program to our middle school students, please feel free to contact Mrs. Sara Coughlin at scoughlin@springvillegi.org or Mrs. Karen Reynolds at kreynolds@springvillegi.org.