E nriching the Lives of Youth through Baseball
Newsletter - February 2020
Free Heart Screening for Youth

Our flagship sponsor, Twin Cities Orthopedics, is teaming up with the Patrick Schoonover Heart Foundation to help save lives! They are offering an opportunity for kids 14-24 to get a free heart screen on Sunday,  February 9th at the Training Haus in Eagan

Register today: PlayforPatrick.org/TrainingHAUS 
Patrick Schoonover was a seemingly healthy, happy kid playing hockey with his Eastview teammates in a tournament game.  He scored the game's 1st goal and collapsed on the ice moments later.

"Our family started the Patrick Schoonover Heart Foundation because we were devastated when we lost him and did not want other families to experience the pain of losing a child  to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) , especially knowing a simple heart screen could have identified his abnormal heart conditions and saved his life."

2nd Annual Unified Wiffle Ball Tournament Coming Soon!

The JP4 Foundation has partnered with  Special Olympics Minnesota once again to break down barriers through sports with our Unified Wiffle Ball Tournament at 10AM on Sunday, March 22nd at Life Time - Winter Park in Eden Prairie.

Teams from across the Twin Cities metro area will compete for the Wiffle Ball Championship. Teams will be made up of athletes from the Special Olympics and baseball players from local area teams. Access to the game is free of charge and open to the public. All JP4 Foundation supporters are welcome and encouraged to stop by and cheer for their favorite team.

Want to Join Us?
Unified Wiffle Ball Tournament Promo
Unified Wiffle Ball Tournament Promo Video

We look forward to having you join us! Visit our Wiffle Ball Sign Up and Donation Page.
Meet Our Newest Interns

Emma Erickson is studying Communications and Marketing and is in her final year at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul. She is excited to join the JP4 Foundation as an intern this semester to gain more experience in non-profit work and help the foundation grow. Throughout her time in college, she has been involved with Residence Life, written for the school newspaper, and hosted a radio show. After graduating, Emma hopes to work in event management or agricultural communication.


Natasha is a senior at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul majoring in Communications and Spanish. She is looking forward to working as a communications intern at the JP4 Foundation this semester and is especially excited for the opportunity to work with a non-profit that is directly impacting the St. Paul Community. Natasha's passions include reading, traveling, and exploring the out-of-doors; one of her greatest life accomplishments was backpacking through Iceland. Her future plans include studying abroad in Spain and attending law school.
Meet One of Our Newest Board Members

Before shifting into local government for the City of Hermantown, Minnesota, in 2019, Joe Wicklund spent more than a decade in education at The College of St. Scholastica and Marshall School. At both high-quality institutions, he guided students and families through admissions and financial aid processes, helping shape the future for hundreds of young people. Wicklund also served as an assistant baseball coach at St. Scholastica and head baseball coach at Marshall, where he helped guide the Hilltoppers to the 2019 Class AA state championship. Wicklund, a proud Duluthian, is a sought-after public speaker and award-winning writer, who also serves on the board of Grandma's Marathon, Inc., and the John Baggs Foundation.

To be a part of a passionate group focused on improving the lives and health of young people through baseball and through community service is a special opportunity and a great responsibility. To be able to leverage a sport that has been so influential in my life to positively impact the lives of others is deeply important and fulfilling to me.

Look for more featured board members in the upcoming months!
Looking Ahead 

Watch for our monthly newsletters highlighting key events in 
the upcoming months. In addition, get ready for hot-off the press news releases over the next few months as new partnerships are in the works and waiting to be announced!

Our Year at a Glance
  • March 7th - 24 Hour Ice Fishing Extravaganza
  • March 22nd - Second annual Unified Wiffle Ball Tournament
  • May 3rd - Al Newman's Bowling for Baseball Tournament
  • June - Summer-Long Camps begin
  • August 10th - Fifth annual Johnny Price IV Memorial Golf Tournament
  • September - Third annual Take Me Out to the Ball Game event
  • December - Third annual Camps for Kids Holiday Party
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