If Only…

by Nova Newcomer

FOB Gala Save the Date

 

It’s a ten year dream come true.

In ten years of giv­ing back to the game we love, we have heard from and been inspired by you. You told us what base­ball and soft­ball means to you, your fam­ily, and your community.

You showed us the val­ues of the game and how it shapes for­ever the lives of the kids who play it. How it trans­forms the com­mu­ni­ties where it’s played.

You told us how kids today just don’t get the time or the oppor­tu­nity to play anymore.

If only, you said, more kids could have the chance to benefit.

IF ONLY.

On Novem­ber 13, we cel­e­brate you and that vision you shared.

Not only will we be cel­e­brat­ing 10 years of Friends of Base­ball, we will be offi­cially launch­ing our new Full Count after school edu­ca­tion pro­gram that deliv­ers life skills to even more boys and girls through the pow­er­ful vehi­cle of baseball.

Bring­ing base­ball back to schools through Full Count is our response to your ques­tion, “If Only.”

Event Details:
Fri­day, Novem­ber 13
VIP Recep­tion 5:00 - 6:00
Gala: 6:00 — 9:00 pm
Ore­gon Golf Club
Indi­vid­ual Gala Tick­ets: $75 until August 15th
VIP Recep­tion and Gala with Roberto Clemente Jr: $150 (LIMITED!)
Table of 10: $750 until August 15th
Spon­sor oppor­tu­ni­ties available!

Event High­lights

  • Hon­ored Guest: Roberto Clemente Jr.
  • One-of-a-kind baseball-inspired per­for­mance by renowned com­poser Michael Allen Harrison
  • Golden Ticket and Live Auc­tion with Dream Base­ball Experiences

At Friends of Base­ball, we like to say “base­ball builds community.”

Be there Novem­ber 13th to build with us,

Nova New­comer
Exec­u­tive Director

Happy Opening Day!

by Keenan Longcor

We want to wish all of you a Happy Open­ing Day!

And it’s a happy one indeed. Friends of Baseball’s 2015 Dia­mond Dreams mem­bers helped over 150 boys and girls expe­ri­ence the joy of play­ing ball this season.

Mem­bers received a com­mem­o­ra­tive Open­ing Day base­ball card from our Dia­mond Dreams cor­po­rate part­ners, the Seat­tle Mariners, and fea­tur­ing fan-favorite sec­ond base­man, Robin­son Cano.

Make sure you sign up to be a mem­ber for our 2015–16 pro­gram so you receive all the ben­e­fits of membership!

And we are just get­ting started for 2015. We have an excit­ing sea­son ahead work­ing to keep kids on the field of play. A few of the highlights:

  • Ben­e­fit event cel­e­brat­ing Open­ing Day with Green Zebra Gro­cery at 3011 N Lom­bard on Sat­ur­day, April 4 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Launch­ing our Full Count Day Camp and After School pro­gram with an inno­v­a­tive “whole child” cur­ricu­lum that works to build char­ac­ter and con­fi­dence for boys and girls within the frame­work of learn­ing base­ball fundamentals
  • Cel­e­brat­ing the 10th Anniver­sary of Friends of Base­ball at Ore­gon Golf Club on Novem­ber 13th

On behalf of the board of Friends of Base­ball, thank you to our mem­bers, spon­sors, part­ner leagues and player fam­i­lies for cre­at­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for suc­cess on and off the field for boys and girls in Ore­gon and SW Washington.

Here’s to another fun and reward­ing season!

THANK YOU TO OUR 2015 DIAMOND DREAMS CORPORATE MEMBERS:

Adrenal USA Ÿ * Atkin­son Insur­ance Ÿ * Hills­boro Hops Ÿ * PARR Lum­ber Ÿ * Pro­time Sports

Seat­tle Mariners Ÿ* Val­ley Ath­let­ics * West­ern Family

8th Annual Coaches Clinic

by Keenan Longcor

8th Annual Coaches Clinic

 

We are very excited to host our Eighth Annual Port­land Youth Coaches’ Clinic again at Con­cordia Uni­ver­sity Sports Com­plex in N.E. Port­land. This year’s guest speak­ers rep­re­sent a wealth of coach­ing expe­ri­ences, per­spec­tives, and skills and drills that will pro­vide begin­ning coaches with a starter’s tool­box and help expe­ri­enced coaches hone their craft and serve as men­tors to young players.

Our Expanded Full Day of Train­ing Features:

Steve Ban­dura, Founder of Ander­son Mon­archs in Philadel­phia and for­mer coach of Mo’Ne Davis

David Gasser, Oregon’s win­ningest high school base­ball coach

Kevin Gun­der­son, Elite Pitch­ing NW

Visit our clinic page for more details and to secure your spot by Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 23rd!

Make Visions of Baseball Dance In Their Heads

by Keenan Longcor

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Join the Friends of Base­ball Board and our Dia­mond Dreams Chair, Mark Atkin­son in giv­ing the gift of base­ball this hol­i­day sea­son. Pur­chase a $25 youth mem­ber­ship for the BATBOY or BATGIRL in your life and your gift will be matched by our part­ners at Atkin­son Insur­ance. Your gen­er­ous gift will bring the joy of base­ball to the child in your life and make the Dia­mond Dreams of a child in Ore­gon and SW Wash­ing­ton possible.

Two Ways to Win!

signed_mariners_ball For just $25, you can give the gift of base­ball and the child in your life could win a signed base­ball from our Dia­mond Dreams part­ners, the Seat­tle Mariners. Every youth mem­ber­ship will DOUBLE your invest­ment in base­ball and soft­ball in our com­mu­nity. That’s right — we will get to invest $50 for your gift of $25!

 

 

mexico_vacationFor $120, you can take care of the grownup fans too! Your Dia­mond Dreams mem­ber­ship for the base­ball fanatic in your life enters you in our draw­ing for a dream 7-day vaca­tion for 2 in Mex­ico at Vaca­tion Internationale’s Tor­res Mazat­lan Lux­ury Resort (pic­tured above) with air­fare from Alaska Air­lines.

 

Diamond Dreams launches with over $10,000 in seed funds

by Nova Newcomer

Diamond Dreams_LogoMem­ber­ship has its benefits…for you and your community!

Now you can share own­er­ship in Friends of Base­ball. Become a mem­ber and see your gift mul­ti­plied. Friends of Base­ball cre­ates oppor­tu­ni­ties for suc­cess on and off the field.

One of the top rea­sons that kids do not play base­ball or soft­ball is due to finan­cial inel­i­gi­bil­ity. 3.5 mil­lion kids will lose access to sports in the next decade. Friends of Base­ball is revers­ing this trend in Ore­gon and SW Wash­ing­ton by pro­vid­ing a safety net to boys and girls who want to play ball.

We have worked together with our com­mu­nity part­ners to pro­vide over $2.4 mil­lion in pro­gram­ming, grants, schol­ar­ships, and equip­ment and serve over 40,000 chil­dren since 2005.

With your sup­port we will “Keep Kids on the Field of Play.” We have devel­oped a mem­ber­ship level for every­one and every mem­ber receives ben­e­fits devel­oped specif­i­cally by part­ners in our com­mu­nity who want to rec­og­nize your generosity.

Join at: http://friendsofbaseball.org/diamonddreams

Could this be the youth in your life on July 27th?

by Nova Newcomer

Get your tick­ets today for FOB Fam­ily Day on July 27th and this could be the youth player in your life!

When you bring your fam­ily or team, the youth play­ers in your party get a CHANCE TO TAKE THE FIELD with Hops play­ers for intro­duc­tions and other COOL PERKS!

The first 25 fam­i­lies who buy ticket pack­ages will also receive a cool base­ball back­pack for each youth player (2 back­packs per family).

Buy your tick­ets today!

Hops Fam­ily Day Ticket Pack­age Details

  • Sun­day, July 27th, 4:05 pm
  • $19 Ticket Pack­age per per­son includes
    • 1 Field Reserved Seat
    • Hot Dog
    • Soda or Water
    • Your Choice of chips or popcorn
  • Chance to be selected to be on-field to take a posi­tion for player introductions*
  • Meet with Hops play­ers on field for pic­tures and autographs**
  • Visit with Bar­ley, the Hops mascot
  • Chance to be selected for an on-field competition

* Play­ers must wear base­ball or soft­ball uni­forms to par­tic­i­pate.
* * To par­tic­i­pate in on-field pre-game activ­i­ties, play­ers should plan to arrive in uni­form at 3:00 pm.

 

Join us for FOB Family Day with the Hops

by Keenan Longcor

Home PlateFriends of Base­ball is proud to announce that we have part­nered again with the Hills­boro Hops to bring Port­land Metro leagues and teams a fun day at the park with fam­ily! The Hops will take on the Boise Hawks in the 4:00 pm Sun­day game.

We were inspired to help you spon­sor play­ers, repair fields, dis­trib­ute equip­ment, and sup­port your coaches to keep kids on the field of play. And now we want to cel­e­brate your sea­son with you!

The first 25 fam­i­lies who buy ticket pack­ages will also receive a cool base­ball back­pack for each youth player (2 back­packs per family).

Hops Fam­ily Day Ticket Pack­age Details

  • $19 Ticket Pack­age per per­son includes
    • 1 Field Reserved Seat
    • Hot Dog
    • Soda or Water
    • Your Choice of chips or popcorn
  • Chance to be selected to be on-field to take a posi­tion for player introductions*
  • Meet with Hops play­ers on field for pic­tures and autographs**
  • Visit with Bar­ley, the Hops mascot
  • Chance to be selected for an on-field competition

* Play­ers must wear base­ball or soft­ball uni­forms to par­tic­i­pate.
* * To par­tic­i­pate in on-field pre-game activ­i­ties, play­ers should plan to arrive in uni­form at 3:00 pm

WE Need Your Help!

by Keenan Longcor

Friends of Base­ball and Madi­son H.S. needs your help! Unfor­tu­nately, we are fac­ing another sit­u­a­tion of van­dal­ism and we need some assis­tance to help our friends on the Madi­son base­ball team. Their very vital trac­tor trailer was stolen over the past week­end. Check out the video clip: http://www.kgw.com/news/High-school-baseball-teams-equipment-stolen–258041051.html. We have mobi­lized to cre­ate another fund­ing drive to make them whole again. You might remem­ber this past win­ter, the Port­land com­mu­nity was able to mobi­lize to help the North Port­land parks, let’s do it again! 100% of all dona­tions made in the month of May will go to help this won­der­ful team, a school and pro­gram filled with deep base­ball traditions.

TO DONATE NOW! Please visit www.friendsofbaseball.org/giving-options/ and give to the cause. To pur­chase a used trailer like they had they will need $3,000…to get a new one, they need $6,000. Let’s see if we can’t reach $6k and get them a shiny new one! What do you say?

Thank you in advance for any con­tri­bu­tion you can pro­vide, every lit­tle bit counts!

FOB and the Madi­son play­ers and coaches

Its been a busy pre-season…

by Keenan Longcor

Well the 2014 sea­son for Friends of Base­ball is in full swing for sure! We have been busy, really busy around here lately and we haven’t even hit open­ing day yet! Just a quick update on what we have been up to…

As you likely saw, we started our Dia­mond Dreams Schol­ar­ship pro­gram this year, and we have had a won­der­ful response. It has pleased us more than you know to be able to help more than 25 play­ers thus far through fund­ing and gear dona­tions. We are hav­ing a blast! We hope to help more before the sea­son begins!

Addi­tion­ally, we recently received two very large gear dona­tions which we will work hard to get into the hands of the play­ers that really need them! As we have said from the begin­ning, we can’t do what we do with­out the help of some amaz­ing part­ner­ships over the years. It truly takes a village…and we are happy to be a part of such an amaz­ing base­ball com­mu­nity here in Ore­gon! Thank you to adi­das and to West Linn Youth Base­ball for their recent gear dona­tions! Your dona­tions will not go unno­ticed or unused!

Finally, some­thing we are very excited about! As you likely read in the news or on our Face­book page, sev­eral of the North Port­land parks were van­dal­ized over the recent win­ter storm. We chal­lenged the com­mu­nity to step up and help, and they came through in true Port­land form! We were able to rally the troops to match our $1,000 pledge and raise the $2,000 needed to repair the dam­ages ball­fields! The best part, we didn’t have to much to rally the troops! That’s how much we appre­ci­ate youth base­ball around here. A big thanks to all of those who sup­ported us for their contributions!

That about cov­ers it…we are hav­ing way too much fun and its only pre-season! Bring on base­ball, we can hardly wait!!!

 

 

Help Us Repair Damaged Ballfields in North Portland

by Keenan Longcor
Damaged ballfields at Kenton Park

Dam­age to the North Ball­field at Ken­ton Park

While many of us spent happy days dur­ing the most recent snow­storm sled­ding with fam­ily, friends and neigh­bors and recov­er­ing with hot cocoa, a few van­dals had other plans. Sev­eral indi­vid­u­als drove their ATVs and cars on the ball­fields at Ken­ton and other parks in North Port­land. Port­land Parks & Recre­ation esti­mates dam­age to the ball­fields at $2000, an unplanned main­te­nance expense.

Friends of Base­ball wants your help. We want to make sure the repairs to these ball­fields can be made promptly to make sure these fields are safe for our kids when the sea­son starts, such as Board Mem­ber Nova Newcomer’s 6 year-old son who played his first t-ball games on these fields.

Read about our pledge on Oregonlive.com

Or read the orig­i­nal story that pro­moted our involve­ment on Oregonlive.com

Friends of Base­ball is pledg­ing an emer­gency grant of $500, we will increase that pledge to $1000 if you can match with your gen­er­ous donations.




With your help, we can keep kids on the field of play.