The Neighborhood Box Score (Community Good Highlighted) - August 5thAug 5th, 2020
Shining a light on all the good in the community (summarized).
Umps Care Charities
- Named a Gold Whistle Award winner by NASO
- 5th Steaks & Stories on August 6th. The "Steaks" is for a partnership with Omaha Steaks to provide a significant discount for attendees. "Stories" is what you hear on the Zoom calls. Could be the best thing going on in baseball besides baseball. Details »
- Launched the Blue Crew Insiders Program, a membership program/giving opportunity with exclusive benefits for amateur umpires. Details »
Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy
- Symposium planned for Sept. 9th for the public due to camp being cancelled in June. Guest speakers to include MLB Mike Everitt. You'll want to stay tuned for more updates.
- Named Jim Kirk to their Board of Directors, their first non-military member to the BOD. Bio »
Battlefields 2 Ballfields
- Provided 14 complete sets of uniforms for veterans starting out as sports officials in football (10), baseball (2), basketball (1) and volleyball (1).
NASO (NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SPORTS OFFICIALS)
- Is going virtual with its "Sports Officials Summit @ Home" August 24-27th. All the Details »
UMPIRE TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT | mid-american umpire clinic | Umpire Training Institute
- Each entity is hosting camps this fall in Myrtle Beach and Ft Myers (UTD), Springfield, Missouri (MAUC) and Phoenix and Tucson (UTI). Full Calendar »
- MLB Umpires wearing patches in honor of Rick Reed, Eric Cooper and Chuck Meriwether.
- The largest debut of MiLB umpires into MLB this year. Complete List ».
- Established female umpires committee to advise on gear & clothing needs. Full details »
- Hunter Fry publishes State-by-State Fall High School Sports Decisions.
- College World Series umpire Randy Harvey GoFundMe page created by Troy Fullwood - ACC, Big South, and CUSA Supervisor of Officials. See Page »
- Online Poker Tournaments for long-time Little League umpire Jason Fackler & his battle with ALS - organized by umpire John Mertes. Find John on Facebook »
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About the Author
President Jim Kirk
Jim is a leading expert, educator and author on umpire gear, safety & appearance. After playing baseball at Centre College, he worked as a high school umpire during the Elbeco shirt years. He became involved in E-Commerce while working on an MBA in the early 2000s and bought Ump-Attire.com in 2006, He eventually led it to the leading umpire gear & attire retailer worldwide and a “Best Places to Work in Louisville” honor in 2020. He maintains long-standing relationships with Minor League Baseball Umpire Development & Training Academy and the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO). He serves as an adviser to UMPS CARE Charities, the charity of MLB umpires, served as a 2-term board of director from 2012-2018, and was named their 2015 Ambassador Award recipient. A supporter since the inception of the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy, he was named to their Board of Directors in 2020.