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FUTURE MAJOR LEAGUER?

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October 14, 2021

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Notre Dame fourth grader excels at NDPMA summer camp sponsored by the Detroit Tigers, gets invited to Comerica Park and truly loves playing the game. Could major league scouts be just around the corner?

Notre Dame fourth grader Annalise Urek is working out at Comerica Park earlier this month as part of the Skills Competition with Champions' Day sponsored by the Detroit Tigers Foundation. (More photos below.)


Each summer, many baseball clubs in Major League Baseball — from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Boston Red Sox — offer very young ballplayers the unique opportunity to learn new skills and get closer to the team they love in a structured week-long skills camp. 

The Detroit Tigers are no different.

"Any boy or girl who has ever picked up a bat, a ball and dared to dream the dream will find these camps about as close to Tigers baseball heaven as they can get to being their favorite players," said a spokesperson for the Detroit Tigers Foundation, which supports and sponsors the camps, which are held in a number of locations across southeast Michigan, including NDPMA's outstanding baseball and softball facility. 

"Many Detroit-area youth and young Tigers fans across the region registered for our camp, which ran July 19-23 at our Pontiac campus," said Betty Wroubel, NDPMA's athletic director. "It was the third year we were chosen to host the camp.

One of those who registered and attended this year's camp was Annalise Urek, currently a fourth grader at Notre Dame's middle school. 


For her, it was brand new experience and one that she hopes to repeat next summer. In fact, due to her overall performance at this year's camp, she was invited earlier this month to the "Skills Competition with Champions' Day" at Comerica Park, which included campers from the region who scored the most points in the skills competition.

While she was only a rookie at Notre Dame's Tigers camp, Urek is no slouch on the base paths. She's played softball through the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (RARA) and the Rochester Hills Little League since 2016. This fall, she joined the 5 Tool fastpitch softball team and says her favorite position is catcher.

A Miguel Cabrera fan who loved following his chase this season to 500 home runs, Urek nonetheless was thrilled to meet Detroit centerfielder Derek Hill during her camp experience. She said she also enjoyed following the U.S. women's softball team that won a silver medal at the Tokyo games this summer. 

Regarding Annalise's school experience, Kyle Urek, Annalise's dad, says his daughter has been doing well since enrolling as a Pre-K3 student. 

"Annalise started at Notre Dame Lower School and has loved it," he said. "As a family, we have been very happy with our experience at the school and particularly enjoy the many resources and options available to students." 

Annalise has been involved in the school's theatre and robotics program, he said, and has attended several of the other summer camps at the school in addition to the Tiger's camp.

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame Preparatory School enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the National Association of Independent Schools. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school’s home page at www.ndpma.org.