Kansas baseball: Caring for Kids
LAWRENCE, Kan. – On Friday, May 6, 2017, 80 first graders took part in an annual clinic at Hoglund Ballpark as part of the Kansas baseball “Caring for Kids” program.
Sponsored by Clayton “Bud” Walker, the “Caring For Kids” program provides opportunities for local youth including taking part in camps and clinics, attending Kansas baseball games and throwing out ceremonial first pitches.
Walker, has committed himself to helping young people in the Lawrence community and is the driving force behind the program.
Walker graduated from Kansas in 1956 with a degree in business administration. He served his country for three years in the Korean War and then returned to KU to complete his degree.
Following graduation, Walker founded and ran several different companies, including Vinyltech Corp., in 1983, which he sold in 2000 to retire to his hometown of Pittsburg, Kansas.
Bud and his wife, Margaret, who is also a KU grad, have two sons, Michael and the late David Walker, and three grandkids: Paige, Hayden and Sophie.
To show Walker gratitude for everything he and his family have done for the Kansas baseball program, the team will formally recognize him prior to Sunday’s finale in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown against K-State. In addition, Michael Walker will throw out the first pitch.
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