The Spirit of Baseball


 Spirit of Baseball 2017 : April 29     10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 Rain date will be May 7  12:00 PM -5:00 PM.

See sign up links below.

This sports outreach will provide instruction on baseball fundamentals to inner city kids while introducing them to Christ’s unconditional love for them.

As you can imagine, this event requires a lot of volunteers and offers service opportunities to accommodate a variety of talents. You’ll find that you don’t need to know anything about baseball to join in… just a willingness to help! Please take a look at the volunteer needs below. Thank you in advance for your help and support!


We ask that you complete a confidential Criminal Background check as a requirement to volunteer with the Spirit of Baseball Camp. Please download the form, or pick up a copy at the church office. You may mail it in or drop it off at the office. Thanks for helping us to ensure the safest environment we can for these kids!

If you have completed a form for volunteering at Gayton in the past year, you will not need to complete another check.

If you have any questions about the background check process, please contact Christa Fox or 804-360-2801.

Download Background check form

Bus Assistants

Bus Assistants will ride the bus to pick up and return participants to and from stops around the city. These assistants will greet the kids, check for signed permission forms, distribute or check wristbands to assure correct bus assignments, and chaperone the kids while on the bus. Our goal is to have two assistants to assist each bus driver. Once back at camp, Bus Attendants can suit up for another job on the field!

Camp Supplies Donations

Are you looking for a great way to help but don’t have the time to volunteer? If so, take a look at the list of supplies we need. Every little bit helps!


Are you interested in coaching? We welcome coaches with various skill levels and will find a job for anyone who is interested in helping. Men, women, softball players or baseball players are welcome and needed.


We will be serving hot dogs, chips, sports drinks, bottled waters and cookies for lunch. Volunteers are needed to grill, package, serve, set up and clean up the concessions stand. We currently have a experienced Concessions Manager (Randy Picardat) however, we would like a member of our church to serve as his main point of contact.


Registration Assistants are the first point of contact with our players. It is important that these volunteers be organized, out-going and prepared to deal with a large number of people and potential issues.

Set-up/Clean-up Crew

If you are looking for a great way to help with the camp but don’t have a lot of time, we can always use help setting up or cleaning up.

*Team Managers

The Team Managers will guide their assigned team through all six station rotations, lunch and the Gospel Message. These managers will help keep all of the players engaged and assist the Station Coaches whenever possible. Team Managers should be at least 16 years old and will be needed at camp all day. Each team will have approximately 4-6 managers depending on the number of players and volunteers.


Would you like to help but cannot commit to a specific role at this time? Just sign up and show up…we will put you in the game!

*The Team Managers at the Spirit of Baseball will be unique among all of the volunteers at the camp. The Team Managers will have constant “face time” and “one on one” interaction with a specific group of participants. Interaction with inner city children is the reason we are putting on this event. Thus, no other position will have the same opportunity to fulfill the camp’s purpose and show Jesus’ love to the kids as will the Team Managers. This is truly special work!

Did you know that 24.7 million kids in America grow up without a father?
Did you know that kids in Richmond start joining gangs at the age of 9?
Do you remember who gave you a baseball glove and taught you about the game?
What if we showed the same care to kids who are hurting?

The goal: teach kids how to play baseball and share the love of Christ with them.


The camp will teach kids 9 skills at 6 stations throughout the day. We’ll give them a hat, a glove, a t-shirt, a baseball, lunch and a Bible.


Want to help? We’ll teach you everything you need to know! From spending the day with kids to teaching a skill to helping with registration and food, there’s a job for everyone.


Are you or your business interested in supporting the camp this year? Contact Larry Belcher [phone: 804-441-0351] to see how you can help.

Spirit of Baseball 2016 was a huge success!

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 Thank you to all those who volunteered, donated supplies, and provided prayer and financial support.

Read the following story about a 10 year old named Dallas who attended this year’s camp.

A sea of blue clad volunteers engulfed 45 Northside Richmond children in Jesus’ love this past Saturday!
On a warm and sunny day, Gayton Baptist Church led the Spirit of Baseball Camp for the sixth year. Divided into six teams by age, participants were instructed in batting, base running, bunting, pitching, throwing, infield, and outfield skills.
Over 100 people from not only Gayton Baptist but the Northside Outreach Center, Abundant Life Church of Christ, the US Army, the Chester Kiwanis, Gamma Psi Fraternity and others volunteered to show the kids a great day of baseball, hot dogs, and fun.
Each participant received a hat, shirt, ball, glove, and a Bible at no charge. As you might guess, much planning, thought and time goes into the camp. Fields are scheduled. Volunteers are recruited and screened. Plans are laid out well in advance and flyers are circulated through businesses, schools, and community centers.
Do we make a difference? Is it all worth it?
Well, just ask 10 year old Dallas S of Richmond’s North Side.
A fourth grader, Dallas was listening intently as Brother Gary Foreman of Abundant Life delivered a thought-provoking lunch time message about Jesus. When Gary called forward those who wished to make a decision for Christ or simply to pray for a moment, Dallas answered the call.
Seeing that Dallas wanted to talk, Butch Johnson, Director of the Northside Outreach Center, offered to speak with him. Butch asked Dallas if he understood the point of Gary’s demonstration. Assured that he did, Butch then asked Dallas if he wished to accept Jesus. And he did.
But, that isn’t the end of the story. It turns out that Dallas’ mom was standing nearby. Butch introduced himself and found out that she had been hoping for something just like this! Because she must work on Sundays, Dallas’ mom is unable to take him to church. Butch made the offer to take Dallas to church the next day. Once again, Dallas accepted.
After a great experience in Sunday school, Dallas is excited to keep going and to get involved with the Urban Rangers and other programs at the NOC.
We can only believe that a change in Dallas has happened and he is beginning an incredible life in Christ!
And all because some Christians put on a spring time baseball camp.