Camp History

Aaron Holcombe loved baseball like most other 11-year old kids, but unlike most kids, Aaron was hard of hearing.  In 1991, Aaron was not welcome to play in organized baseball with his peers.  His father, the pastor of Mid Rivers Chapel, along with other members of the congregation wanted a place for children like Aaron to play.  The Ed Watkins family took the lead with the help from other volunteers to start a camp in 1991 for all deaf children in the St. Louis area.

The first annual Celebrity Fantasy Baseball Camp for the Hearing Impaired hosted over 30 athletes.  Each year, the number of athletes and supporters grow.  This year, 2016 marks the 26th year of the Camp.

Since that time, due to the tireless dedication of Mike Bush, the camp’s name was changed to The Mike Bush Fantasy Baseball Camp.

In 2007, the Ed Watkins family turned the camp over to the Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA).  Camp Director, Cari Dimovitz, and DASA maintain the original vision of the camp while expanding the days so campers can be exposed to additional sports.