Wood River High School seniors are presenting their senior projects during a public exhibition today, Wednesday from 9-11:15 a.m. at the Hailey high school. And Cameron Benson has a unique one.
The 18-year-old son of Tony and Laurie Benson of Hailey participates on the Wood River High varsity baseball team, the Wolverine football team, American Legion baseball and Sun Valley Youth Hockey.
Yet the catcher and left-handed hitter acknowledged that his passion is baseball, and he wanted to come up with something baseball-related to benefit the community.
His project is an indoor baseball cage at the school‘s Founders Field baseball area.
Benson said, “My project is to design and fund-raise for an indoor hitting facility that I want to have built down at Founders Field. This facility would benefit not only the baseball and softball community, but also the valley by using the facility for hitting camps.
“I knew before I took on this project that I wanted to create something that could in essence, ‘give back to the community.’ I felt that this facility was the best way to do that.”
Soliciting the help of architect Jay Sfingi and contractor Jim Bradley, Benson outlined an insulated 80-foot by 30-foot building to be located between Founders Field left field and the facility’s parking lot, outside the fence. It has two batting cages, an area for soft toss and bathroom/locker room, and would be accessed through a series of garage doors.
“There’s definitely a need for it,” said Benson. “We have a cage in the school gym now, but a lot of times it’s closed. Every other team in our league has one, so not having one is a disadvantage for Wood River.”
Benson said he consulted on his plans with the appropriate school and city officials, and has put out donation cans in grocery stores. He plans to send out a fund-raising letter to the baseball/softball community and continue his effort to get the batting cage project started.