Friends of Baseball is the 2017 recipient!

The Multnomah Athletic Foundation’s Impact Award recognizes the positive impact of a nonprofit organization through its support of youth, athletic participation and community collaboration. The annual Impact Award is presented to one of our community grant partners in the Portland metropolitan area.

Their mission:

The Friends of Baseball promotes equal access, positive coaching experiences and supporting strong ecosystems for baseball and softball for kids ages 4 – 18. The Full Count after school and day camp program teaches life skills through academic, social and physical recreation. With active and contagious games, kids learn baseball fundamentals while getting the daily activity the require and are coached and taught by instruct who emphasize positive self-identity. Full Count whole child approach also includes baseball­ inspired academic and social activities that span topics like history, science, art, math, literacy, a nutrition.  Full Count returns the fun of play to the game.

HAVE FUN
We weave joy and play into every aspect of our work.

CREATE OPPORTUNITIES
We believe every child has the capacity to succeed when given the chance.

BE BOLD
We run to where the ball will be, not where it has been.

The organization has three very cool programs:

  • Full Count – An after school and day summer enrichment program that teaches life skills through academic, social and physical recreation. With active and contagious games, kids learn baseball fundamentals while getting the daily activity they require and are coached and taught by instructors who emphasize positive self identity.
  • Diamond Dreams Scholarship – One of the top rea­sons that kids do not play base­ball or soft­ball is due to financial ineligibility. Friends of Base­ball is revers­ing this trend in Ore­gon and SW Wash­ing­ton by pro­vid­ing a safety net to boys and girls who want to play ball through our Diamond Dreams scholarship program.
  • Coaches Clinic – Each year in late winter (typically February), Friends of Baseball hosts a subsidized clinic for volunteer youth baseball and softball coaches. Leagues pay a nominal rate for the entire league and can send as many coaches as they want.

Learn more:

Friends of Baseball can be found doing awesome community outreach by:

The previous Impact Award recipients were Bike First! in 2013, Knott Street Boxing Club in 2014, Girls on the Run Portland Metro in 2015, and Rose City Rollers Junior programs in 2016.