developing

our most precious

resources

one pitch

at a time



Whether

you think you can

or whether

you think you can't

you're right

Be a

Champion

on and off

the

Diamond



Fun

was what we had

ball-playing

was the byproduct

respect

each person

on the baseball field

or on the bench

it will radiate

joy

If I have a

Swing

I have a

Chance



Ending His Life

Could Not

End His Dreams

Musings/Current Events...

Collins Park Baseball Camp

unnamedThe Clint Seymour Play Ball Fund was proud to sponsor (alongside our good friends Tim Gansrow and Pro Performance Athletics (PPA)), a baseball camp at Collins Park in North Charleston, SC on February 11, 2017. It was exceptionally well received.  Every player had a memorable experience “playing with the pros.”  Our unique camp was staffed by instructors with professional baseball experience, led by our founding board member and NY Mets 2B Neil Walker, who kicked off the Camp by addressing the players about our values and then engaged directly with every individual player during the Camp’s operations.  Neil was joined by a dozen pro players with youth coaching experience and a dedication to providing exposure to positive role models who promote the values of our Mission.  Our special guests were the baseball teams from St. John’s (Coach Layton Powers) and Burke (Coach Corey McDonald) high schools.  When Neil learned in advance that their players didn’t have their own gloves, he fixed that immediately by a call to his friends at Rawlings, to whom we also extend our thanks.  After Neil had personally signed every glove (and explained how to “break in” a baseball glove), the players never removed them for the next three hours.  Thanks to our hundreds of contributors, our Fund will also be providing much needed equipment to these two high school programs whose coaches are so committed to keeping alive programs that are challenged by funding restrictions but who nonetheless provide opportunities for these players that transcend baseball and remain under-appreciated by the public. Special thanks to Kenny Wilkinson and his North Charleston baseball program for providing the outstanding facilities and to Sticky Fingers for treating us all to a catered lunch.  We asked the Campers only to demonstrate respect and self-determination, and we would assure that they would depart a memorable event with smiles on their faces.  Both promises were kept.

Our Camp was covered by all three local television stations.  We are also very fond of the video embedded in this Moultrie News article of Neil handing out the gloves, as mentioned.  Moultrie News also has a gallery of 86 photos that will brighten your day and re-affirm your support for Clint’s Fund.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Awards Banquet

award banquet 01.10.17 bWe’ve previously updated on this, but now we have visual evidence to confirm!  In January, our organization was fortunate enough to be named the Pittsburgh Chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Community Partner of the Year for 2016.  The event, held at The James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy, was a great opportunity to reflect on some of the good work we’ve done so far, the good work being done by others all the time, and what is left for us as we continue our journey.  In this post, we include some Pittsburgh Post Gazette press with respect to the event, as well as photos and video of Don’s acceptance speech of this cherished award.

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