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!
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 DOUBLEyour investment in baseball and softball in our community. That’s right — we will get to invest $50 for your gift of $25!
For $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 2in Mexico at Vacation Internationale’s Torres Mazatlan Luxury Resort (pictured above) with airfare from Alaska Airlines.
Membership 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.
Friends 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
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
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 Maywill go to help this wonderful team, a school and program filled with deep baseball traditions.
TODONATENOW! 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!
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!!!
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.
As you may have heard Friends of Baseball recently instituted a NEW Program for the 2014 season. We realize one of the top reasons youth players fail to participate in both baseball and softball programs is due to finances or similar hardships. In our eyes, this should never keep a child from playing ball! Our Board of Trustees recently authorized a $5,000 grant to test an innovative new program. This program will provide 50 players within Oregon and SW Washington an average of $100 in team scholarship funding and/or the needed baseball or softball gear to ensure participation this season!
This is how it works. Authenticity is essential to the integrity of this program. To protect this, we are asking league coaches and administrators to act as the nominating party for individuals to be considered for this program. We only ask that you send two to three paragraphs in email for introducing us to these individuals along with their specific needs. A bit of the player’s background, the economic situation that they find themselves in and any personal thoughts you might have relating to these players. (Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
It is that simple!
We also hope that leagues might be able to partner with us within this Diamond Dreams program on occasion. Might a league be able to provide the season scholarship and Friends of Baseball provide the funding for the baseball or softball gear?
We believe this program can begin to make a significant impact in our communities. If successful, our board will consider a substantial expansion of the program year over year in seasons to come. Our board has authorized a ‘quick turnaround’ to insure we can respond swiftly in relationship to the upcoming 2014 season!
Please let us hear from you. Additionally, we hope you will also understand if and when this year’s funding resources have been depleted. Frankly speaking, we can only hope we get to the point where we use all of our funds for the year…
You hopefully felt the excitement in our initial announcement of our upcoming Friends of Baseball, 2014 Portland Coaches clinic at Concordia University! Well, I come to you again with One More Announcement. Just when we all thought it couldn’t Get any Better than to have Dave Gasser and Jim Dietz share their coaching knowledge, we had the very rare opportunity to ‘Turn a Triple Play.’
Jim Joyce, callin’ it like he sees it!
We are thrilled to announce, in addition to the all-star cast, Oregon’s very own, MLB Umpire Jim Joycewill be joining the event (from 3:30 to 5:00pm)! If you are a Coach OR an Umpire, and you haven’t already signed up, please join us and Register HERE! Send questions to email@example.com.
Joyce will be sure to bring a new perspective, lending his 40+ years’ experience as an umpire to the coaches and umpires that will be brought together this year. There is no game without umpires, and who better to share the viewpoint of umpires than Jim Joyce. As you likely know, Jim has been a part of a few controversial plays of late, and would love nothing more to share his outlook on some of those, as well and what he has learned over the 25 years as an MLB umpire. Hear Jim’s personal reflections on his iconic call at first base with Armando Galarraga and much more! This is an event you won’t want to miss!
Also, our friends from Baseballismwill be there selling some great apparel and portions of the proceeds will go directly back to FOB!
For Friends of Baseball, there has been no other event that gets us more excited than our annual Coaches Clinic. It has always been a top priority to do what we can to help educate, inform, and further develop the coaches of Oregon and SW Washington youth baseball and softball players — 2014 will be no different. While last year was a year of expansion and reach down to Corvallis and Eugene, this year will be about focus and a refresh. Part of our focus this year will be to hone it down to just one clinic, centered on our home turf in Portland. While we know this may make it difficult for our friends and coaches down south we hope through the success we had last year, more coaches saw and felt the tremendous value Coach Gasser brings to the table, and he will not disappoint in 2014. We are honored to have him return as our headline act!
Not only will we have refreshed content from Coach Gasser, but we are beyond thrilled to report we will also have a special “Guest Coach” joining Coach Gasser for the afternoon, former head coach of San Diego State University, Jim Dietz. Coach Dietz’ Career included 1253 College Wins, Top 20 of all College Coaches, and instructed the likes of HOF’s, Dave Winfield, Tony Gwynn as well as Travis Lee & Mark Grace! This will be a day, for any coach, to remember!
Last year’s venue was such a natural space for the event, we couldn’t say no to a repeat. We will be holding the event at Concordia University’s Gymnasium again this year. The perfect place for Coaches Gasser and Dietz to interact with the participants, provide actual demonstrations and really get down and dirty with their powerful coaching techniques and strategy!
Please coordinate your coaches and leagues early, and come join us on January 12th, 2014 for our best Coaches Clinic yet!! Register HERE! Early registration starts NOW!!