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George Foster helps with baseball boot camp

CINCINNATI (Adam Clements) -- Take one part power hitter, one part Army Sergeant, and thirty kids on a diamond and you've got yourself one very cool baseball camp.

The ninth annual George Foster baseball boot camp pairs knowledge and experience of the Big Red Machine slugger with the core values of the U.S. Military.

"In baseball, you need to have teamwork to win," said Foster. "In the military you need to have teamwork to stay alive."

Sgt. Paul Brondhaver of the U.S. Army said, "The first word today is loyalty. And then we go with duty, respect, selfless service, integrity, personal courage and honor. And with that, we talk about what leadership is, issues that they deal with in school, so that kids aren't getting bullied and if they are, they're going to recognize it."

Zade Richardson is one of the kids attending the camp. "We'll be doing drills, baserunning, outfield."

This is Richardson's fifth year at the camp. He's gone from student to techer.

"My offense is a lot better," said Richardson. "My defense is a lot better. I know how to talk to my friends on the field and in the dugout."

The goal is to teach the kids teamwork, dedication and discipline.

"We can make these young men, even better young men than they already are," said Foster.

Pretty safe to say they've got just the right teachers.

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