WE ARE HONORED TO SHARE THIS YEAR'S SWING FOR THE FENCES SPECIAL GUEST, BOB KENDRICK, PRESIDENT OF THE NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL MUSEUM.
In March 2011, Bob Kendrick was named President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM). The NLBM is the world's only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African American baseball and its profound impact on the social advancement of America.
Kendrick is the creator of many signature museum educational programs, including the Hall of Game, which honors former Major League Baseball greats who played the game in the spirit and signature style of the Negro Leagues. Kendrick began his association with the NLBM as a volunteer during his 10-year newspaper career with The Kansas City Star. In his nearly 5 years on the Museum's board, Kendrick served as Secretary/Treasurer and chaired the Membership and Event Planning committees.
Bob Kendrick has become one of the leading authorities on the topic of Negro Leagues Baseball history and its connection to issues relating to sports, race, and diversity. In addition to his many industry honors and awards, he was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
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Full Count RBI afterschool SUN Enrichment Classes are starting this month at schools and Community Centers in Portland and Gresham. Serving elementary and middle school students, the Full Count RBI curriculum provides a fun "first exposure" to baseball/softball skills, plenty of active play, and opportunities for positive social engagement - delivered by caring, supportive coach/mentors.
Our Halloween Distributions and Community Events coming up this fall will help foster family youth and youth in communities in and outside the Portland Metro area. Youth receive baseball-themed Halloween goodie bags to brighten the fall holiday season. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.
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Read all about our upcoming events, our updates, and a message from our Executive Director.
Game Change Announcement
We would like to announce that the Swing for the Fences Gala will be moving to Spring 2023.
We will send more updates and information as it becomes available. We thank you for your support as we work to create more opportunities for young ballplayers across the Northwest!
Play Ball Grand Ronde 2022
Thank you to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Recreation Program for an amazing time
The clinic featured some of our FOB coaches leading activity stations, a FOB Activity Kit, and a ball park lunch.
A huge thank you to our partners and counsel members, Michael Langley and Kathleen George, for making sure the Grand Ronde community has the opportunity to swing for the fences.
Last week, over 70 of our FOB Full Count Baseball and Softball campers staff and RBI Fellows attended a Seattle Mariners game at T-Mobile Park. The experience provided some of our campers with their first ever Major League Baseball game!
The field trip also featured:
The Seattle Mariners recognized Director of Baseball Operations Gerald Bolden, as one of the region’s most impactful members with their Hometown All-Stars program for his work in the community.
On Saturday, June 11th, Friends of Baseball partnered with MLB, the Hillsboro Hops and Nike Diamond to offer 5 free youth clinics for 500 youth around the Portland metro area.
At Columbia Park, 100 youth players were out having fun with our Full Count RBI Coaches and players from the Hillsboro Hops.
The clinics featured:
Make sure to become a member of our Full Count RBI Academy and be the first to know about upcoming clinics, programs, and events!
Last weekend, Coach Anna, our Full Count Fellows, and 9 campers from the Full Count RBI Girls Lead Softball Program attended a Hillsboro Hops game for a field trip.
The trip provided campers with a tour of Ron Tonkin Field, where campers learned about the team's history and their facilities. The tour was led by women sports professionals, Jen Anderson, the Vice President of People and Culture and Hannah August, the Director of Merchandise and Community Engagement.
The field trip also featured:
Coach Anna even got to throw the first pitch of the game. Check out Coach Anna's Pitch on our YouTube channel.
FRIENDS OF BASEBALL IS HIRING!
Friends of Baseball is looking for motivated baseball or softball enthusiasts who are interested in working in our Full Count RBI youth programs. We are currently expanding our team of Full Count Coach Mentors, and have openings for Summer Coach/Mentors and Summer Fellows. Expand your skills as a leader and a coach, help youth in our community, and explore baseball career options with Friends of Baseball.
Questions? Want to learn more?
Application Deadline: May 10th, 2022
Contact Molly Newcomer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Count RBI Summer Coach Job Description
Full Count RBI Summer Fellow Job Description
Friends of Baseball
We believe every child should have the opportunities to swing for the fences on the field and in life.