E nriching and Developing the Lives of Youth through Baseball
Newsletter - June 2019

4th Annual Johnny Price IV Memorial Golf Tournament

New this year! Two full flights and the ability to reserve a foursome now and name team members later. There's no need to miss out just because your brother-in-law remains uncommitted. Register a morning or afternoon foursome under your name now and we'll follow-up with you later for team details. Join us on Monday, August 12that the pristine Legend's Golf Course in Prior Lake. 
 
We are encouraging everyone to reserve your foursome by Monday, July 15th as we are anticipating two full flights this year! Click here to reserve your foursome today. Sponsorships for the tournament are still available, however, foursomes are filling fast.
 
Twin Cities Orthopedics has committed $444 for every Eagle made during the tournament up to $20,000.  Don't miss out on your chance to score $444 for JP4.  
Can You Bring in a Single, Double, or Triple?

Hits? No, matches. Do you work for a company that will match, double, or even triple your donation to the JP4 Foundation? Find out now with our newly launched  corporate gift giving database. It's easy to use. Simply enter the name of your employer and gain immediate access to your company's gift giving guidelines, process and forms. Some companies match financial donations, others donate based on volunteer hours and some companies do both!

Check out this link:  https://www.jp4foundation.org/corporate-giving-volunteer-grants/  to search for your employer and help us help kids get in the game. 

Please note: our new name may not yet be updated in all employer databases. You may need to use the Blizzard Foundation name when submitting match requests to your employer. Our EIN is 81-2968738. The JP4 Foundation (formerly Blizzard Foundation) is a 501(c)3 organization.

Camps for Kids Update

Last year our December Camps for Kids holiday party raised $20,000 to fund two summer-long baseball camps for the North Minneapolis and East Saint Paul community. Those gifts, pledges, and donations are now in play along with more than 80 kids.
 
The JP4 Foundation recently wrapped up week two of camps in both of these cities. With over 80 kids in attendance, the JP4 Foundation has  once  again hit a home run with a community-
based program

More than half of the kids are experiencing the game of baseball for the very first time and are already benefitting from the sense of belong ing that comes with being part of a team.
 
"I've never played baseball, but I have always wanted to. Between 1-10, today would be a 10."  Lindell, Age 10
 
Developing baseball skills is a side benefit of these camps. The true benefit is found beyond learning baseball fundamentals and engaging in physical activity. 
 
"Our goal isn't finding the next Minnesota baseball star, our goal is to give youth in these communities something positive to do during the summer that can help shape their lives, develop positive relationships with peers, learn life lessons, and empower them to deal with failure. It just so happens to be we are using the game of baseball to do this." Jeff Huth, Executive Director.
Congratulations, Drew Gilbert
 
We are pleased to announce Drew Gilbert of Stillwater Area High School as this year's third recipient of the Johnny Price IV Memorial College Scholarship. Drew's enthusiasm to lift others up was shown consistently throughout his application.
 
"I [Gilbert] think the true value of the sport shows when you can use your platform to inspire others. I  try to make my teammates better through my leadership skills and work ethic. I want to set an example every single day of what true dedication to becoming a better person on and off the field looks like."
 
Congratulations, Drew and good luck in your educational endeavors!

The Johnny Price Memorial College Scholarship was established in 2016 to honor a beloved Lakeville South standout, John Price IV, who passed away following an automobile accident December 4th, 2015. Scholarships will support senior baseball players who exemplify the qualities of "JP4"

For more information of the Johnny Price IV Memorial College Scholarship and for past recipients, visit:  https://www.jp4foundation.org/johnny-price-iv-memorial-college-scholarship/
Are You a Thrivent Member?

The JP4 Foundation is now enrolled in Thrivent Choice┬« and is listed in the  Thrivent Choice online catalog .

Thrivent Choice is a member-advised program that allows eligible members to recommend where Thrivent distributes part of its charitable outreach funds each year. When eligible Thrivent members direct Choice Dollars┬« to your organization in a particular month, Thrivent reviews the recommendation and makes an electronic deposit in your organization's bank account by the 10th of the following month.

We Need Your Gloves! Look for the Official Buckets Around Town
 
The JP4 Foundation has teamed up with Team Tucker in hopes of bringing baseball to 500 kids in 2019. We're off to a great star!  This spring alone more than 275 students, K-5, participated in Tucker's Sandlots throughout the Hopkins area. The JP4 Foundation paired baseball players from Maranatha Christian Academy (Brooklyn Park), West Lutheran High School (Plymouth), and Benilde St. Margaret's (St. Louis Park) to help run these sandlots.
 
Tucker's Sandlots, powered by the JP4 Foundation, will continue throughout the summer months, and we need your help to make that happen. To ensure all participants have a glove of their own so they can continue playing the game well after the sandlots end, the JP4 Foundation is collecting new and used kid-sized baseball gloves.
 
How can you help? First, we are looking for locations throughout the community to place and rotate these glove collection buckets on a monthly basis. Community or civic centers, schools, religious organizations and most businesses are perfect collection sites. If you can host a bucket or if you know of a good location, please contact  JP4 Foundation's executive director, Jeff Huth at 


Keep Playing Baseball - California Friends of the JP4 Foundation

Keep Playing Baseball ("KPB") is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created in memory of Scott Heinig, a former D1 pitcher and high school coach who passed away in 2011. Scott was passionate about helping players have the opportunity to play college baseball and Keep Playing Baseball continues his effort on a national scale. 
 
T o learn more about our work, watch  this short video , visit us at  www.KeepPlayingBaseball.org  or follow us on social media.
 
Twitter: @KeepplayingBB
Facebook: Keep Playing Baseball
I nstagram: @keepplayingbaseball
Looking to Help?

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Speaking Engagements
Need a speaker at your next Rotary meeting or Chamber event? The JP4 Foundation frequently visits these gatherings to share the work and vision of the foundation with the community.

Reach Out
It is our goal to impact as many families as possible. If you or someone you know may be in need of support from the JP4 Foundation, please connect them with executive director, Jeff Huth at  Jeff.Huth@JP4Foundation.org


Upcoming Dates

August 12th
4th Annual Johnny Price IV Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Monday, August 12th at Legends Golf Club.

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