When MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred issued his letter around this time last year, we were so inspired and motivated to learn that his priorities for Major League Baseball aligned so well with our priorities to Keep Kids on the Field of Play.
He said, “Baseball is a game firmly rooted in childhood experiences, and its vitality and growth rely heavily on giving young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to play and watch baseball.”
That’s why we were honored to have Commissioner Manfred participate in our 10th Anniversary Gala from afar with his special video message and congratulations not just to our Founders, but to ALLOFYOU who have been there along the way to help us help more kids.
2015 HIGHLIGHTS and MORETOCOME…
In 2015, we TRIPLEDthe number of scholarships we provided to boys and girls to play baseball and softball across Oregon and SW Washington.
Hosted our 9th Annual Coaches Clinic with over 200 coacheswith sessions by Dave Gasser, Kevin Gunderson and guest trainer, Steve Bandura of the Anderson Monarchs
We launched our Full Count After School and Day Camp program and are expanding to 2 MORESCHOOLCOMMUNITIESthis winter!
We celebrated 10 Years of Friends of Baseball’s work in the community at our November Gala where we raised over $35,000
And we have so much more to come this year…stay tuned!
Today, it’s the first day of 2016. You know what that means. A new season ahead…
The Seattle Mariners sent us a special holiday thank you video message to our partners and supporters who have done so much for youth baseball and softball over Friends of Baseball’s decade of service.
At our Gala in November, we raised a little over $35,000 to help fund our new Full Count program to bring more youth to the game. We are proud to partner with the Seattle Mariners to build community through baseball and have their support at our 10th Anniversary celebration.
Enjoy this special message from the Mariner Moose and his colleagues and our front office friends, Gina Hasson and Bob Hellinger.
And remember baseball is always just around the corner.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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