The Neighborhood Box Score (Community Good Highlighted) - August 5th

Aug 5th, 2020

Shining a light on all the good in the community (summarized).

UMPS Care Charities

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 Warriors Umpire Academy

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).



  • 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 ».


  • 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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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. He became involved in E-Commerce while working on an MBA in the early 2000s and bought in 2006, He eventually led it to the leading umpire gear & attire retailer worldwide, a “Best Places to Work in Louisville” honor in 2020 & 2021 and a National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) Preferred Vendor. He maintained a long-standing relationship with Minor League Baseball Umpire Development & Training Academy for 10 years. 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.


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