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

Sep 6th, 2020

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

UMPS Care Charities

Umps Care Charities

  • Fall Auction Launched September 10th-17th. Bid Here »
  • 2020 100-Hole Golf Marathon on September 14th with Gary Darling, Dan McGinnis, Scott Taylor, Brenda Bishop & Matt McMahon. Donate Here »
  • Was highlighted in NY Governor Cuomo's "Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment" nightly email.

"For children undergoing treatment at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore, many feel isolated with limited visitors allowed and playrooms closed. The Major League Baseball umpires charity UMPS CARE delivered stuffed animals dressed as superheroes to help keep the kids' spirits up."

Wounded Warriors Umpire Academy

Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy

  • 2020 Virtual Summit on Sept. 9th with 8 guest speakers was a major hit! Complete with inspirational stories in the morning with a baseball focus, including MLB's Mike Everitt, our Jim Kirk & LLWS Umpire Kelly Dine; the afternoon with a military veteran focus including testimonials from WWUA Alumni. Morning Video | Afternoon Video
  • President & Major Greg Wilson's WWUA Overview & Summit Preview Interview with Jim on "The Dish". Watch 1+ Hour Video ».

Battlefields 2 Ballfields

  • Provided 15 complete sets of uniforms for veterans starting out as sports officials in football (9), basketball (3), baseball (2) and volleyball (1).



  • Completed the "Sports Officials Summit @ Home" August 24-27th.


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 raising awareness for childhood cancer with umpires wearing gold ribbons and wristbands. Full details ».
  • The largest debut of MiLB umpires into MLB just increased. Complete List ».

  • Donated $1,250 to the Randy Harvey GoFundMe account, former ACC & SEC umpire battling a rare blood disease, from purchases of the #UmpireStrong bracelet. Full details »
  • Jim & Ty presented "PROTECTION: Beyond the Basics at the NASO Virtual Summit where they disucssed 5 Trends in Officiating Sporting Goods. Watch 1+ Hour Video ».


  • Custom pin created for long-time Little League umpire Jason Fackler & his battle with ALS - organized by umpire Mark Bernstein. Find Mark 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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