Former Braves pitcher forms Sports Academy

By DaShawn Brown - email

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -Macay McBride, once a standout at Screven County High School, worked his way into the Major Leagues, pitching for both the Atlanta Braves and the Detroit Tigers.  While injuries have put his professional career on hold, McBride remains a part of the game he loves, through his newest project, the Macay McBride Sports Academy.

The year round venture is geared toward baseball and fast-pitch softball.  McBride says the goal is to assist aspiring athletes in reaching their full potential, perhaps even garnering the attention of college and professional scouts.

"When I was growing up, I was very fortunate to have some good recreational baseball coaches," he said.

"[They] knew the game and knew how to teach it and it really helped us as a group develop and it really helped me get to where I was."

16-year-old Ridge Flanders, a self-proclaimed McBride fan and current Screven County baseball player, was one of several area athletes who took part in the 4-day summer camp.

"It's amazing," said Flanders.  "I always wanted to meet Macay and I hadn't had a chance to meet him.  He's like one of my role models to work hard and to get to the league and I've been busting my butt every day to try to get to the league like he did."

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