SpringSpirit News - Winter 2015
SpringSpirit Community Center is Open! 
Grand Opening is February 26 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The Community Center is now open and is full of activities already.  Please join us as we celebrate with a Grand Opening on February 26, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. (Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be at 6:00 p.m.).  

Burton Construction was our construction contractor and Midway Properties was our Project Manager.  We appreciate the extensive help on the project from three volunteers - Michael Rudin (Chair of the Facilities Committee), John Grubbs (Owner's Representative) and Julia Rudin (Designer).  We are thankful for the donors who made this possible including Burton Construction, Midway Properties, JCS Furniture, Architectural Floors, Seavers Landscape, Cort Furniture, AVSI, Upchurch Kimbrough and many more.

The Community Center has three dividable meeting/classrooms for ESL classes, tutoring, meetings, kids hanging out and G.Y.M./Elevation.  There is an office area that allows the SpringSpirit Baseball staff to be together in one location for the first time.  We hope that you will come visit the Community Center.

         CITGO - Donor Highlight

Earlier this fall, members of the SpringSpirit Baseball Board of Directors, SpringSpirit staff members, and participants in our After-School Program joined CITGO representatives at our facility to formally commence a partnership that will strengthen and enhance our After-School Educational program.   It was a time of hope and joy, as the kids got to hear how much CITGO and Spring Branch ISD cares for them and their education, participate in the ceremonial over-sized check presentation, and then celebrate with lots of hot dogs and popcorn!  

 

Nelson P. Martinez, CITGO President and CEO says, "helping students and teachers in and out of the classroom is central our company's focus on education, a pillar of our committed investment in social responsibility. Supporting SpringSpirit Baseball's efforts allows us to not only give back to our community and help youth continue on the path to academic achievement and a successful future, but also provide the area's schools with vital resources they need to fuel young minds."


For the entire press release, go to this link: http://www.virtualpressoffice.com/publicsiteContentFileAccess?fileContentId=1790397&fromOtherPageToDisableHistory=Y&menuName=News&sId=&sInfo=


 
Thank you, CITGO!

Christmas Celebration - More than 1,000 attend

Crowd listening to the Esperanza "Branch" Band

On December 19th, over 1,000 community members took part in the fun at the second annual SpringSpirit Christmas Celebration.There were nearly 70 volunteers from Esperanza, Cornerstone, First Presbyterian Church, Christ Community Church, Northbrook HS, Spring Woods HS, Central Michigan University and the surrounding community. 

 

The community enjoyed face painting, a balloon artist, inflatables, carnival games, a mariachi band, a strongman, pictures with Santa Claus (thanks to Lance Berkman for serving as Santa Claus) and live music from Esperanza's worship band. 

       Scoreboards at SpringSpirit Baseball Fields

When Carolyn and David Light came out for the scrimmage game at the Donor Appreciation Day, they could not believe that our kids had been playing all of this time without scoreboards!  Well, thanks to their  amazing generosity, all of that has changed.   


 

Now, games on both of our fields feel "official," as players and spectators alike are enjoying the  benefits of new, beautiful scoreboards.  Come on out and see.  We know you�ll be as thrilled as we are!   

 

Thank you Carolyn and David!

Lance Berkman inspires at G.Y.M. Night 

Lance Berkman - what a blessing for SSB!

 

Friday Night Live has had a wonderful semester! We formally brought Ana Mendoza back to the team to work with the girls and have had a great response from the kids, of course! Our fall ended with a bang as Lance Berkman came out to share a message with the kids about the gift of Christ at Christmas. It was a special night with a record number of students and a perfect way to wrap up the season! 

 

Angels of Light @ Second Baptist Church
More than 100 SpringSpirit family members attended the Second Baptist Church "Angels of Light" program this Christmas.  This is the second year that SpringSpirit has partnered with Second Baptist.

The kids especially look forward to this experience each year as they receive a Christmas gift when they get on the bus after the event. Our families have the opportunity to experience God's love in a tangible way. During Angels of Light, we have seen whole families participating -- dads, moms and children getting together as family to have a wonderful experience and creating unforgettable memories.
Donated Baseball and Softball Equipment
Ryan Mabee and Drew Van Norman, both members of the Memorial High Baseball Team, led a baseball and softball equipment drive for our SpringSpirit players to have baseball and softball equipment.  The drive collected almost $20,000 of baseball and softball equipment including regulation bats, gloves and baseball and softball attire.  

There have been many others who have brought baseball and softball equipment to the SpringSpirit fields, so we thank each person who has helped our SpringSpirit kids be able to enjoy baseball and softball with their own equipment.
SpringSpirit Baseball New Website!
We are very excited to announce that our new and improved website is live!  The new website has more information about our programs, photos, videos and updates about upcoming events. The website can also be viewed easily from mobile devices.  To keep up with our daily activities, there are links to Facebook and Instagram.  We want to thank VividMix for their hard work on the website!  

Please take a moment to check it out at www.springspiritbaseball.org

SpringSpirit By The Numbers
Christmas Party at New Community Center
  • 7: Spring Branch ISD schools have SpringSpirit programs including Hollibrook Elementary, Ridgecrest Elementary, Edgewood Elementary, Landrum Middle, Northbrook Middle, Northbrook High and Spring Woods High
  • 12:  Moms from the community signed up for the first "Mom's Leadership Course"
  • 51: SpringSpirit students have read at least two books in the fall semester as part of the SpringSpirit Reading Club
  • 70+: Baseball Players attending the fall Baseball Academy from Monday-Thursday
  • 180+: Students attending the SpringSpirit After-School Programs at Hollibrook Elementary and Ridgecrest Elementary
  • 297:  Youth attended Summer Camps
  • 900+: Youth experienced SpringSpirit programs in 2014
  • 1000+:  Community Members attended the SpringSpirit Christmas Celebration 2014
Get Involved!
How to Volunteer
We need volunteers to coach, mentor and read/tutor our participants.  If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Saul Cortez at saul.cortez@springspiritbaseball.org for more information.  All volunteers age 17+ will be required to pass a background check before volunteering. 
Donations Needed
In addition to volunteers, we are in need of a few other items that would help us to better serve our participants.  

If you are interested in donating any of the following items, please contact Carin Thorn at carin.thorn@springspiritbaseball.org.
  • Laptops for use at Community Center by students and families to have access to the Internet
  • Tablets or iPads for homework help and academic tutorials
  • Children's books and coloring books about baseball, softball, soccer, or sports
  • Baseball and Softball Equipment
  • Bottled water (small 12 oz. bottles)
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