Ocean City Today

Helping athletes get scholarships

By Kara Hallissey | May 03, 2018
Photo by: Josh Davis When a player from the Delmarva Aces signs with a team, their honor is displayed on the wall of bases at the facility’s front entrance in Berlin. Pictured are Delmarva Aces pitching instructor Garrett Coverdale, left, and president Dave Whigham.

(May 4, 2018) Since its founding in 2014, the Delmarva Aces travel baseball program in Berlin has helped 51 athletes receive an academic or athletic scholarship.

“We are a comprehensive youth baseball development organization,” president Dave Whigham said. “We train these kids from a young age, develop them as they play in tournaments, and get them into college. Some of these kids start in the program at 8 years old and play all over the nation.”

Most recently, Aidan Riley, a junior at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown, Delaware, received a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Delaware.

In 2017 alone, 19 seniors participating in the Delmarva Aces baseball program were offered $257,000 in scholarship money, Whigham said.

“The kids who play in our Delmarva Aces program have done well in front of scouts, been asked to move on and receive scholarship money,” Whigham said.

High schoolers from James M. Bennett, Cape Henlopen, Stephen Decatur, Pocomoke and Snow Hill have played baseball for the program before receiving a scholarship and moving onto colleges such as North Carolina, Salisbury, Virginia Tech, Liberty, and Wesleyan.

“There is nothing more rewarding than watching our players move on to the next level,” Whigham said. “It really shows that what we are doing is an investment in the future for these families.”

Whigham and the other Delmarva Aces coaches are focused on helping athletes get to the next level, even promising their money back if players do not receive at least one offer from a college program after playing on a senior level team.

“I get excited seeing these players commit to a college program, because it is a direct representation of the baseball talent we have here in Delmarva,” Whigham said.

For more information, visit www.delmarvaaces.com.

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