BATTERS UP USA CLOSES OPERATIONS




BATTERS UP USA HAS CLOSED OPERATIONS EFFECTIVE DEC 28, 2017. AFTER 11 YEARS OF PROVIDING EQUIPMENT GRANTS TO YOUTH BASEBALL/SOFTBALL RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JESS HEALD, WHO HAS SERVED FOR THE 11 YEARS ON A VOLUNTEER BASIS IS NOW RETIRING. IN A STATEMENT FROM JESS, “MOTHER NATURE HAS MADE THE DECISION FOR ME. IT’S TIME TO HANG UP THE CLEATS. UNFORTUNATELY WE DO NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO SUPPORT A PAID STAFF. 100% OF OUR FUNDS HAVE GONE TO SUPPORTING OUR GRANT PROGRAM. THERE ARE TWO GROUPS I WANT TO THANK. FIRST THE MANY WHO HAVE VOLUNTEERED THEIR TIME AND MONEY IN SUPPORT OF OUR GRANT PROGRAM. MOST ARE LISTED IN THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS ON OUR BOARD MEMBERS AND MAJOR SUPPORTERS. THESE ARE THE ENGINES OF OUR ORGANIZATION. MY DEEPEST THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE.

NOW, A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE IN CHARGE OF RUNNING THE 685 YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAMS WE HAVE SUPPORTED OVER THE LAST 11 YEARS. MANY ARE VOLUNTEERS. NONE ARE HIGHLY COMPENSATED. THEY HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON: A DESIRE TO HELP THE YOUTH OF OUR NATION LEAD A HEALTHIER LIFE STILL WHILE ENJOYING THE BENEFITS OF RECREATIONAL SPORTS. MY DEEPEST RESPECT AND THANKS GO OUT TO YOU. KEEP THE KIDS PLAYING!!!

HERE’S OUR 11 YEAR RECORD:

TOTAL GRANT PROGRAMS: 685

LOCATED IN 48 TOTAL STATES

TOTAL YOUTH INVOLVED: 161,862


THE ABOVE NUMBERS HAVE BEEN GREATLY LIMITED BY OUR FUNDS AVAILABLE. BASED ON THE REQUESTS WE RECEIVE, IF FUNDS WERE AVAILABLE, WE COULD SERVE OVER 500 PROGRAMS PER YEAR INVOLVING OVER 1,000,000 YOUTH!!! THE NEED IS GREAT.



“A KEY BARRIER TO YOUTH SPORTS PARTICIPATION IS THE LACK OF EQUIPMENT”




BOARD MEMBERS AND OFFICERS:

PRESENT: JESS HEALD, STEVE FORNADEL, ABE KEY, SUSAN CHANDLER, HERB MARKWORT, MIKE MAY, MIKE ZOELLNER

PAST: RON RADIGONDA, DAVID OSINSKI, SALLY JOHNSON, MICHELE SMITH, ANDREA GORDON, SEBASTIAN DICASOLI, DAVID LARKIN, SUE WOOD, PAUL SEILER, CHRIS COFFING, SHAWN AYLSWORTH, JOHN PHILIPS, CRAIG CLOUGH, TOM COVE, KEN NIMMONS, MARK PATTERSON, RICK PERKO, KELLY MCKEOWN, RICK RICCOBONO, BRYAN GOINS, PAT COWLES, ART CHOU, RICK HASTY, ROBERT NARVAEZ



OUR MAJOR SUPPORTERS:

SFIA (SPORTS AND FITNESS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION)

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

USA BASEBALL

ASA SOFTBALL

DIAMOND SPORTS CO.

MARKWORT SPORTING GOODS CO.

RAWLINGS

THE AMON G. CARTER FOUNDATION

PHIT AMERICA

MICHELE SMITH FASTPITCH

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF YOUTH SPORTS (NCYS)





KEEP THE KIDS PLAYING

THANK YOU ALL