These two organizations look to bring hope to families in Minnesota By Olivia Pavlish and Caleb Holt, JP4 Foundation Interns  “It’s all about the impact we make on families,” said Brian Anderson, Executive Director of HopeKids Minnesota. “HopeKids gives families the opportunities to be in a community. We focus on events and the impact those events have on our families.”  In the U.S. each year, close to 500,000 children cope with medical conditions that are life threatening. These different conditions affect not only the people with them, but also their families. These families are negatively impacted both financially and emotionally. HopeKids is not a cure

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By Olivia Pavlish and Caleb Holt, JP4 Foundation Interns  “Our mission is to make play accessible to everyone,” said Taylor Burke, a Marketing Specialist for Paul’s Pals in Minnetonka. “The JP4 Foundation’s mission is to make baseball accessible to everyone. Our missions align, but the JP4 Foundation is more specific and a great support system for us.”   Paul’s Pals started in 1996 in honor of Paul Adelman, who died because of brain tumors shortly after he turned 12. The mission of Paul’s Pals is to advance inclusion in everyday adventures for children of all abilities. Their focus is providing grants to different organizations. To

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“Here they come!” A group of men stand on the baseball field at 42nd Street and Dupont Avenue in North Minneapolis. Conversation flows between plans for the morning’s camp and the latest happenings in the world of baseball. The men’s knowledge of the sport and comfort with their roles for the day is clear when children as young as five begin to race along the fenceline. Pounding feet and squeals give way to teenagers who are perhaps too cool to run but arrive on the field and, when assigned their stations, quickly begin their drills. This year marks the second

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Blizzard Foundation now dubbed JP4 Foundation St. Paul, Minn. – The renaming of a small and successful non-profit organization traditionally doesn’t send strong emotions and excitement through the lives of young athletes, but Johnny Price IV was far from your traditional young person. A stand-out baseball player, Price was even more well known for being an incredible teammate and person than he was as a top-ranked college baseball recruit out of Minnesota.  “We’ve always held Johnny up as both the central reason for the creation of the foundation,” Barta said.  “and as the example of what is possible when talented players

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reprint from  https://www.hometownsource.com/sun_patriot/Al Lohman al.lohman@ecm-inc.com You might be passionate about ice fishing, but 24 hours straight? That’s what Cory Glieden did on Lake Waconia one Friday earlier this month – he ice fished around the clock. The goal was to catch as many fish as possible in a 24-hour period to raise money for The JP4 Foundation.  Glieden is actually more passionate about baseball than ice fishing and the aim of The JP4 Foundation is to provide kids the opportunity to learn life lessons through the game of baseball. The organization holds youth baseball camps that are free to all kids,

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by Sean Jensen, SportsEngine Manicured, the grass is not. The outfield isn’t fenced, and the infield dirt is neither lined nor raked. The patchy, scarred, multi-colored outdoor space is devoid of any diamond shape. Yet it is a field of dreams. Kids bike, ride buses and even walk to Battle Creek Middle School to participate in a free summer baseball camp. Everything is provided: snacks, water, lunch, balls, bats and gloves, and even a hat, which they get to keep. The kids need the help; most of them attend or just finished at Battle Creek Middle School in St. Paul,

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