NORTHEAST GLENDALE — When Joe Cotti grew up, he didn't have the opportunity to attend a baseball camp to help him grasp the fundamentals.
At 42, Cotti doesn't want kids missing out on the same chance. So, Cotti decided to do something.
Recently, Cotti, the Hoover High baseball coach, has conducted summer baseball camps for prospective athletes who can hone their skills and possibly go on to have productive careers in youth and high school baseball and possibly beyond.
"We didn't have many camps when I was growing up," said Cotti, who spearheaded the inaugural Hoover Baseball Camp. "I wanted to put this camp on and be able to reach out to the community.
"I wanted to offer a local service and get more of the community involved. It's good to be able to help out the younger players and it can help them, for example, from the Little League to the high school level."