BIG NEWS! We have a new website. Check it out. Special thanks to board member Jeanette Miller for all of her hard work on this project with DP Media. While you are checking out our website, go ahead and register for the fall season. We will be playing ball before you know it.
Happy Birthday to us! Eight years ago this month I met with the Temple Terrace Parks and Recreation Department and told them about what I wanted to do. They whole heartedly supported us and have ever since.
We had a great time in the July 4th parade. The grand marshals for the parade this year were the area Boy Scouts, still active in their troop, that have earned their Eagle Scout rank. Our own long time buddy Joseph Skelton was one of the grand marshals.
Thanks to all who were a part of our float. We had fun tossing out beads and candy and handing out flyers for the fall season. Thanks to all who donated their beads to us over the past year, we didn't have to buy a single stand of beads.
Carlos attends Steinbrenner High School and is 16 years old. He has a sister and brother in law that lives in New York City and a brother that is a 2nd Lt. in the USAF, Intelligence Officer. Carlos loves to read and his special talent is dancing. If Carlos was famous, it would be for being cool.
Buddy Spotlight - Michaela Bertic
Michaela is 18 years old and his been a buddy for a number of seasons. She is a freelance photographer and her favorite restaurant is Olive Garden. She loves old Broadway musicals. Her favorite music artist is Matthew West. Michaela starts college in August for veterinary assistant while she continues to build her photography business.
Vicky has been a coach for four seasons. She was born on Christmas day. Vicky is married with three kids and eight grandchildren. She moved down from Virginia with the company she still works for, Wawa. Vicky has been in Florida for almost 5 years. She enjoys reading, sewing, her flower garden and spending time with her family. Vicky says that being involved with buddy baseball is such a rewarding experience for her. Two of her grandkids are buddies. She has just become a guardian ad litem volunteer for Pasco County. Her family donated over 800 beads for the July 4th parade.
Joyce and Howie Kantrowitz
Joyce and Howie Kantrowitz
Zack Kantrowitz's Grandparents
Joyce and Howie have been married for 56 years. They first met at Florida State University. Joyce is from Plant City and was a teacher's aid and a Middle School teacher. Howie is from New Jersey and was a project engineer for Plant City Erecting and Tampa Steel Erecting. They have three children and two grandchildren. Joyce likes to read and cook and Howie likes technology. They enjoy coming to Buddy Baseball games and performances of Zack's. Joyce and Connie also enjoy going to shows and saw Wicked recently.
Where are they now?
After hearing about Buddy Baseball through his high school, Stefan was a buddy for five seasons and a coach for three. Stefan just finished his third year at the University of Florida, majoring in Chemistry and is applying to graduate school soon in Pharmaceutics. He is an active member of the Chi Phi Fraternity, and served on the executive board in 2016. He is starting to get involved in research through the College of Pharmacy, and is excited to see what that has in store for him. He enjoys coming home during the season so he can see his brother, Peter, former buddies and coaches and everyone else in the Buddy Baseball community.
Gibbs & Parnell have been sponsors since the first season, never missing a season. Tom Parnell was an original board member. Thanks for your continued support of the league.