Chris Bootcheck and Eric Hacker of the Indianapolis Indians play with kids from The Salvation Army Daycamp.

Chris Bootcheck and Eric Hacker of the Indianapolis Indians play with kids from The Salvation Army Daycamp.

What do professional baseball players do with their time off?  They play more baseball of course, or Whiffle Ball to be precise.

On Tuesday June 30, pitchers Eric Hacker and Chris Bootcheck of the Indianapolis Indians hung out with the kids from The Salvation Army’s Day Camp.  The Indianapolis Indians , who are strong supporters of the community, wanted to stop by and just hang out with the camp kids.

Hacker and Bootcheck played Whiffle Ball, partner tag, and basketball with the kids and also signed autographs.  This simple gesture made a lasting impression on the kids.  “It’s so cool to get to play with them.  You might never get to do something like this in your whole life,” said Isaiah, a 9 year old camper.

The experience meant a lot to the players as well.  “It’s great to be able to step out of baseball and get into the real world for a little bit.  This is a lot of fun and these kids are very respectful and show great sportsmanship,” said Eric Hacker.  For Chris Bootcheck, the day was a quick trip down memory lane.  “I can remember when I was this age and running around like these kids.  It feels good to get out in the community and do things like this,” said Bootcheck.

You can find out more about what the Indianapolis Indians are doing in the community by visiting IndyIndians.com.

Check out photos of Chris and Eric playing with the day camp kids here.