The Neighborhood Box Score (Community Good Highlighted) - October 2020

Oct 21st, 2020

The Neighborhood Box Score

Shining a light on all the good in the community (summarized) for October 2020.

UMPS Care Charities

Umps Care Charities

  • Join the #Coop56Challenge: Challenge yourself, your family and friends to walk/run/hike/bike/anything in support our All-Star College Scholarship in memory of Major League Baseball Umpire #56 Eric Cooper. Details/Register »
  • MLB Umpire Paul Emmel was named a "Point of Light" by the Foundation started by President George H.W. Bush. Full Story »
  • The Fall Auction doubled its original goal and raised over $20,000!
  • The 100-Hole Golf Marathon on 9/14 raised $18,883 with golfers/fundraisers Gary Darling, Dan McGinnis, Scott Taylor, Brenda Bishop & Matt McMahon.

Mid-American Umpire Clinic

Mid-American Umpire Clinics

  • Raffle Fundraiser for UmpsCare: The Mid-American Umpire Clinic & Advanced Course run by Jason Blackburn & Chris Coskey respectively raised over $2800 through raffles for umpire gear donated by to go to Umps Care. Full Story & Photos »

Wounded Warriors Umpire Academy

Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy

  • Began Monthly Alumni Zoom Calls with Guest Speaker: This enhances the mission of providing peer-to-peer support for Wounded Warrior Umpires. 1st took place on 9/15 with MLB Umpire (retired) Mike Everitt.
  • Began #WarriorWednesday Salutes on Social Media: - Follow WWUA on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to see alumni's military & umpiring highlights.

Battlefields 2 Ballfields

  • Provided 7 complete sets of uniforms for veterans starting out as sports officials in football (4), basketball (1) and baseball (2).



  • Announced that their liability insurance coverage to include COVID-19 coverage. Learn More »



  • Broadcasting on 10/26 "A Conversation with MLB Umpire Crew Chief Fielden Culbreth" to highlight his career & charity invovlement on The DISH

  • Launched #FacklerStrong Bracelet Sales: Helping Air Force Veteran and Umpire Jason Fackler fight his battle with ALS. 100% of sales will be donated to Jason and his family. Full Details/Purchase Bracelets »


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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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