Buddy Baseball Newsletter
February 2018
Hello Buddy Baseball Fans, 
It's here! It's here!  Our spring season starts on Saturday, February 17th.  Welcome to all of our new players, buddies and coaches to the league.  I look forward to seeing everyone at The Meet and Greet luncheon on Saturday February 10th at the Lightfoot Center in Temple Terrace. More information below. 
This season we will award two Buddy Baseball scholarships. High School seniors who have played at least three seasons are eligible to apply for this $750 scholarship.
On Saturday and Sunday, February 10th and 11th.  Thanks to our partnership with Dick's Sporting Goods, we will be having a special savings event for us, 20% off of your purchases. See the link for the discount below.  
As a reminder, please arrive at least 15 minutes before your game time.  The schedule is on the website. 
Russ Oberbroeckling
Executive Director

Meet and Greet

Meet and Greet - Saturday, 2/10/2018
The Meet and Greet is where our players, buddies and coaches get a chance to meet for lunch and get their team shirts and hats.  We will be serving McDonalds Cheeseburgers, Chicken McNuggets, deli sandwiches, salad, fruit, desserts and drinks.  Please check when you team is scheduled to meet. 
Session 1 - 11:15 - 12:00
Blazers, Bobcats, Cobras, Cyclones, Hawks, HIT Squad, Sharks, Rockets
Session 2 - 1:00 - 1:45
Bombers, Jaguars, Mustangs, Ravens, Scorpions Thunder, Tigers, Wildcats
Omar K. Lightfoot Center
10901 N. 56th St.
Temple Terrace, FL  33617
(On the corner of 56th St. and Whiteway Dr. across from the 7 - 11)
Buddy Training
We will be having our buddy training for all of the new buddies and coaches in between the two Meet and Greet Sessions on Saturday, 2/10/2018 from 12:00 pm to 12:40 pm. This is for the buddies and the coaches only, not for the players.  
Player Spotlight - EJ Costantino
EJ Costantino

EJ attends Citrus Park Elementary and is nine years old. His favorite food is ice cream and if he had $1000 he would buy ice cream.  EJ has the "best" big sister and her name is Emma.  He likes to bowl and is good at it.  His favorite subject in school is Music and if he was famous it would be for his looks. 
Buddy Spotlight
Arianna McKendree
Arianna McKendree
Arianna is 14 years old and this is her third season of Buddy Baseball.  She is the Vice President of her Best Buddies chapter at Dr. John Long Middle School.  Arianna has a a horse named Cocoa, two dogs named Biscuit and Nacho, a cat named Fenimore Muffin and a new baby brother named AJ, who is 8 months old.  Her special talent is Karate and horse back riding.  When she grows up she wants to be a veterinarian.  
Volunteer Spotlight
Steve Gerstein
Steve Gerstein

Steve is one of our Buddy Baseball announcers and he and his wife Mallory also sponsor a team.  Mallory and Steve have been married for 36 years and they have twin 31 year old daughters. Steve is originally from Brooklyn NY.  He has lived in seven states in the northeast, midwest, and south.  Steve and Mallory moved to Tampa in 2006.  Steve has been retired since 2005. 
He saw his first Buddy Baseball game about four years ago, and fell in love with the program almost immediately.  As someone who enjoys helping charitable causes both time wise and monetarily, he found it a great fit for him.  In addition to Buddy Baseball, he volunteers as a Tax Aide for the AARP Tax Counseling for the Elderly program, has worked in numerous positions at Congregation Beth Am, as well as coordinates events for the Tampa Bay Newcomers Men's Club.  His recreational hobbies include tennis, golf, duplicate bridge, investing, and traveling.

Buddy Scholarship
Our Buddy Scholarship is available to graduating seniors who have played at least three seasons of Buddy Baseball. An independent panel of judges will select our two winners. Each winner will receive a $750 scholarship.
Application deadline: Saturday, March 17th at 6:00 pm.
Click on the link to apply. Good Luck!

Dick's Sporting Goods
We are proud to announce our partnership with DICK'S Sporting Goods! As the official sporting goods retailer for our league, DICK'S will be hosting a special event exclusively for our membership on Saturday and Sunday, February 10th and 11th at the Westshore, Brandon and Wesley Chapel Stores.  Simply click the link below to access your discount through your smartphone (or print off a copy of the coupon) and enjoy 20% off savings during the event!

Sponsor Spotlight
MCC Marketing Group, Inc. is a national insurance marketing organization offering many diversified life, health, group and Medicare insurance products. For more information, call 813-448-6730.
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Thanks to our Board of Directors for their commitment to the league and hard work to keep the league running smoothly.  Pictures left to right: Jim Carlstedt - Treasurer, Russ Oberbroeckling - Executive Director, Sherri Johnson, Phyllis Guthman, Jeanette Miller - Secretary, Barry Clements, Jay Fox and Dennis Mueller.
Contact Us
(813) 416-5742
Until next time...   PLAY BALL!!

Russ Oberbroeckling
Executive Director
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