SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 15, 2019!
NDHS/TJNFF BASEBALL EXTRAVAGANZA
Thank you to all who joined us and made the past three Baseball Extravaganzas so successful!
In 2017 Hunter Greene gave an inspirational talk to the players as well as lots of signed baseballs !
The fabulous Marines Memorial Stadium will, once again, be the venue for the fourth annual Thrive in Joy Nick Fagnano Foundation Baseball Extravaganza!
JUNOR PLAYERS (there will be two groups: 1) ages 7-9 2) ages 10-13) will participate in a 2-hour skills clinic with Notre Dame High School baseball coaches led by head JV Coach, Brian Milone. Players will be grouped by skill level for pitching, hitting, running, fielding and mental strategy training. Click HERE for photos from last year’s clinic.
INVITATIONAL TRAVEL BALL TOURNAMENT for ages 13 and under will focus on skill as well as the character strengths of the team and individual players. Click HERE for photos from last year’s tournament.
BASEBALL PLAYERS (open to all current or former varsity high school players) can play in a friendly but competitive baseball game that finishes under the stadium lights. Click HERE for photos from last year’s baseball game.
Over the past 25 years, Head Coach Tom Dill has led the Knights to multiple championships with numerous players going on to the major leagues including Hunter Greene, Giancarlo Stanton, Brendan Ryan, Chris Dickerson, Brett Hayes, Tim Foli and Cy Young Award winner, Jack McDowell.
Notre Dame High School's Marine Memorial Stadium was hailed by Baseball America as a "state-of-the-art" facility and, when Hunter Greene was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the article also mentioned the exceptional amenities of the stadium including the gourmet concession stand which has earned the reputation of serving the best food in high school baseball.
With 350 stadium seats, bleachers along the baselines and an astroturf lawn areas above the the dugouts--perfect for folding chairs-- fans have the ideal setting to take in, or participate in, a day of play and relaxation at the ballpark!
AN INTERACTIVE BASEBALL EVENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE TJNFF BASEBALL EXTRAVAGANZA WILL BENEFIT THE PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY THE THRIVE IN JOY NICK FAGNANO FOUNDATION founded in memory of Nick Fagnano (NDHS '12) who lost his life on July 27th, 2014, in a rare and unexpected lightning strike at Venice Beach, CA.
The foundation; started by Nick's parents, Mary and Jay, supports programs that serve vulnerable children in the Dominican Republic at Tia Tatiana School and the Remar Orphanage--both in Santo Domingo. The Foundation also sponsors the C11 initiative, a strength of character curriculum that will launch with the the Los Angeles Chapter of Multiplying Good: Students in Action Community Service Program. Additionally the Foundations supports the following scholarships awarded based on strength of character: The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Nick Fagnano Memorial Scholarship, the Notre Dame High School Senior Baseball Player Award for Outstanding Character, and the St. Brendan Grade School Graduation Award for Outstanding Character. All causes align with the foundation's mission of encouraging and rewarding character through service, education, and recreation.
Nick's love of baseball was a source of joy for time spent with friends and building a network of families all the way from Little League through Notre Dame High School and on to Santa Barbara City College. Nick continues to bring friends and families together through the TJNFF Baseball Extravaganza. Scheduled on the Saturday of Father's Day weekend, the event also celebrates the bond between fathers and their children. To learn more about how Nick's legacy has impacted so many lives, click HERE.