Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Colleen Cheek of Reds Rookie Success.

The Reds Community Fund was founded in 2001 and has several great programs.
-Matched Communities - connecting urban and suburban baseball organizations
-RBI Teams - Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities
-Fields Renovated - basic field improvements
-Youth Teams Funded - Underwrite 650 youth baseball teams who do community service
-MLB Urban Youth Academy - A year-round facility to help talented urban youth receive high-level training to help them improve. Opening Aug 22-23, 2014

The “jewel program” is their Reds Rookie Success Program
-Over 2000 kids in 5 markets and over 500 volunteers in Cincinnati, Batavia, Fairfield, Dayton, Louisville
-Free character building program for boys and girls ages 6-12 that runs 4 days per week for 2 weeks. All participants received character mentoring as well as fundamental baseball instruction from volunteer coaches.
-Kids received transportation, t-shirts, hats, lunch and visits from Reds players and coaches.

The Batavia program will be June 9-19, 2014 from 10am -1pm. Volunteers are needed and no knowledge of baseball is required. Volunteers need to complete an application, concussion training, background check and arrive by 9am.

Colleen shared a personal experience where she served in the RRSL. A child was reluctant to participate because her shoes were too small. Another volunteer bought the child a new pair of shoes and the little girl was then able to run with the rest of the kids. Colleen said, “This is the program that gives you these types of opportunities.”

To sign up contact Jennifer Gruber at RRSLClermont@reds.com

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community 5/13/14

Today we heard from Shane Jones Fresh Rags and Simple Solution Marketing.


Fresh Rags is a screen printing company located by Jungle Jim’s in Eastgate. A lot of their business is generated from the funny things that happen in the world. If someone says something funny, they generally make a shirt out of it. They sell retail and online through EBay and other such sites.

While there is a lot of competition in this industry, “who they are” is what sets them apart. They do not just blow out t-shirts in a “bottom dollar” fashion or work with oodles of baseball teams. Integrity and quality are a huge deal to Fresh Rags. They aim to build partnerships and relationships so that “as a partner company grows, they grow.” Another goal is to work with worthy organizations to aid them in fundraising efforts.

Next week we will hear from Mark Calitri Clermont County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Paul Schmid & Leila Spriggs Clermont Crew.

Paul shared a bit of the history of rowing at Eastfork Lake which dates back to the 1970s. The water is absolutely perfect for flat water sports because of its uniqueness. Only about 10 lakes in the world are so perfectly suited. After 1984, some local businesses purchased the rowing course from the Olympic Games and put it at Eastfork. A second boat house was added in 1994 and recently the Matt Maupin Shelter was erected. The U.S. Collegiate Nationals was conducted at Eastfork until 1996 and was supported by Sporty’s for 15 years. Since then they have focused on numerous other events.

Over the last few years, the venue has declined simply because they were well used by so many. Flooding, recession and other such things also had detrimental impacts. Consequently, some incredible public/private partnerships have begun work to improve things. They have worked hard with The Ohio Division of Natural Resources, The Clermont Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Clermont Chamber of Commerce. Clermont Crew has also been successfully petitioning the state for funds to improve this venue. They are continually seeking volunteers and corporate support.

Paul announced that this July 15-20, Eastfork will host the U.S. Rowing Club National Championships which is the biggest rowing event on the national calendar. This will generate an entire week of economic activity for Clermont County. Another point to consider is that collegiate rowing is a huge draw, especially for high school girls entering college providing many opportunities for young ladies to attend college. Our county will greatly benefit primarily because we have such a tremendous, natural resource.

Next week we will hear from Shane Jones Fresh Rags and Simple Solution Marketing.