Sheridan Starts Mentoring Program to Help Inner City Youth On and Off the Diamond

By Joe Kayata - NBC 10

Brown University baseball star John Sheridan and his teammates and other friends from local universities came together Wednesday and held a baseball camp in Providence.

But it was more than your average summer camp.

"It's a mentoring program for kids from the inner city and for kids who play baseball a chance to improve college access and a chance to give them a high level baseball camp around college baseball playing," Sheridan said.

It's a baseball camp that's near and dear to Sheridan since he started the program through a fellowship grant he applied for earlier this year.

"I knew there was a chance for us to do it, and honestly I knew we were the right people to sort of relay the message that we are trying to push, that there are many paths to college and we want to show them one of those ways. And I think that as college student athletes, we are relatable in a big way," Sheridan said.

Providence Sports and Leadership, a non-profit organization that develops young leaders though mentorship and athletic opportunities, helped out.

"Providence Sports Leadership really liked what Sheridan was trying to do, so we thought what better way to accomplish the mission than joining forces," said P.J. Fox of Providence Sports and Leadership.

While giving back to the inner city youth is big for Sheridan and his teammates, it's just as big for those participating in the baseball camp.

"Yeah, it's amazing. Learning from people who have gone through what we're trying to go through, teaching us what they've learned on the way up," said Jeremy Pena, who attends Classical High School.

"It feels good 'cause they are taking their own time to teach younger kids how to play ball and how to get better," said Argenis Placncia, who attends Central High School.

The program is hopefully just a stepping stone for Sheridan.

"Ideally if it goes well, we would like to bring the program to other campuses and to other universities and even to other sports," he said.