Nuxhall Miracle League News

  • Tyler Bradshaw Named Executive Director of The Nuxhall Foundation (June 20, 2021)

    FAIRFIELD, OH (June 21, 2021)—The Nuxhall Foundation is adding a new starter to the rotation.


    With a desire to protect the legacy of “The Ole Lefthander” for decades to come, Tyler Bradshaw has been named the Executive Director for The Nuxhall Foundation, effective
    immediately.


    “This role is an unbelievably perfect fit for me because I get to serve Joe’s memory and the people he loved every single day,” says Bradshaw. “I grew up spending my summer nights listening to Joe and Marty while just wishing I could grow up to be like them. Now, I get to lead the organization that honors one of my greatest heroes. Not everyone gets an opportunity like this, and I realize how blessed I am to help carry on Joe’s story. I’m just going to work every day to try and make Joe and the Nuxhall family proud.”


    Bradshaw’s role is a value-add for the Foundation. Volunteer CEO & President Kim Nuxhall will remain in his position; together, along with a committed Board of Directors, the two will direct the day-to-day operations and long-term strategic goals of the foundation that honors Nuxhall’s father.

     

    “We have truly ‘struck gold’ with the addition of Tyler Bradshaw,” says Nuxhall. “His outstanding character and  competence along with his unique ability to articulate all facets of the Nuxhall Foundation give us a high level of confidence in our future.”


    Beyond his association as a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan, Bradshaw’s connection to the Nuxhall name runs deep. For nine years, Bradshaw served as the Voice of the Hamilton Joes, the summer collegiate baseball team that bears Joe’s name. In 2015, Bradshaw joined the Board of Directors with the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields. As a volunteer with the organization, Bradshaw is a familiar face at Miracle League functions and fundraisers, often
    serving as an event emcee. In 2019, Bradshaw became one of the inaugural members of The Nuxhall Foundation Board of Directors, and in 2020 he co-led the organization’s successful COVID Can’t campaign, which raised more than $175,000 to support the Nuxhall Miracle League Fields.


    “The game plan is simple,” says Bradshaw. “In everything we do, we are going to make sure that future generations know who Joe Nuxhall was, what he stood for, and why his story is important. They will know the type of man The Ole Lefthander was and the character traits he embodied by looking at the projects that he inspired. Ultimately, initiatives like the Miracle
    League Fields and the Memorial Scholarship are all tangible manifestations of Joe’s unbelievably-generous heart.”


    Bradshaw’s top priorities on the new job include navigating a return to in-person events, crafting a new strategic plan, the rollout of a highly-anticipated Nuxhall Miracle League mascot, and the launch of an ambitious fundraising campaign for the construction of The Hope Center—an indoor recreational facility that will provide a year-round home for athletes with special needs.

     

    The Greater Cincinnati community reacted to the announcement with joy and optimism, including Joe’s broadcast partner of more than 30 years, Marty Brennaman.


    “The choice of Tyler as the Executive Director of The Nuxhall Foundation could not have been a better one,” says Brennaman, retired Hall of Fame broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds. “Considering his background and the success he has enjoyed at every level would indicate, without a doubt, Tyler Bradshaw will be an overwhelming success to a foundation that is very near to my heart. I am looking forward to big things on the horizon.”


    Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller also weighed in on the news: “The Nuxhall Foundation has done a tremendous job in helping so many people and giving back to our communities, and appointing Tyler Bradshaw as its Executive Director will be a move that will ensure the organization will continue to produce excellent results and continue the mission to help others. Over the years, Tyler has shown his abilities and skillset to not only be a great leader but to be an example to others. I am positive that under his leadership the organization will grow and prosper to achieve even greater heights.”

     

    Bradshaw and his wife, Paige, have been married since 2019 and were just recently blessed with the birth of their first child, a son named Jackson. Bradshaw is a graduate of Fairfield High School and Miami University, where he ends a successful decade-long career in college admission. Bradshaw is a well-regarded sports announcer in Greater Cincinnati for Chatterbox Sports, as well as a passionate mental health advocate. After losing his father, Scott, to suicide in 2013, Bradshaw started Seeya Bub, a blog where he writes regularly about suicide prevention, grief, and mental health.

     

    “My dad had a heart for individuals with special needs,” says Bradshaw, “and in many ways, my dad reminded me so much of Joe. That connection isn’t lost on me. Kim and I have bonded tremendously in our grief over losing our fathers. Every day, I know that we each wake up just wanting to make our dads proud.”

     

    “I just can’t think of a better person to share in carrying the legacy torch that Dad has passed down,” says Nuxhall.


    The Nuxhall Foundation is the legacy foundation for former Major League Baseball pitcher and longtime Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, Joe Nuxhall. A central foundation project is The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields, an entirely accessible baseball and recreational facility where every player with every challenge gets every chance to play. More than 200 players between ages 4 to 76 participate in programming at the Miracle League Fields. Additional legacy projects include The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Scholarship (providing scholarships to all fourteen Butler County high schools) and The Joe Nuxhall Character Education Fund.

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  • JNMLF Welcomes New Board Member (January 16, 2017)

    Heek Hake

    Hee Kyung (“Heek”) Hake has been a Fairfield resident for almost 40 years. She’s been in the service field for 30 years. She spends her time  volunteering in her community, gardening and working on various creative projects. One of her most special projects is making the Nuxy Angel ornament which benefits the JNMLF. She also enjoys hosting schools that come to play baseball. A highlight of her week is getting to watch her daughter play in the Miracle League. Heek resides in Fairfield with her husband, Larry, and two daughters. Please join us in welcoming Heek to our JNMLF Family!

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  • Miracle Ball 2016 – Results (January 13, 2017)


    The 3rd Annual Joe Nuxhall Miracle Ball held Nov. 2nd 2016 was yet another

    huge success. Over $75,000.00 dollars was raised during the sold out event in which NFL

    Hall Of Fame lineman Anthony Munoz was honored with the Joe Nuxhall Humanitarian

    Award for his impact on our youth in the community. Proceeds from the event will go

    toward purchasing a wheelchair accessible merry-go-round called the Ability Whirl to be

    installed in the early Spring. Funds will also be used for operations for the 2017 season as

    well as the start of a fund to build a 9 hole wheelchair accessible mini-golf course on the

    property. Again, a very special thanks to our presenting sponsor, The Hatton Foundation as

    well as all our many other sponsors and supporters for making it a special evening. No

    fundraiser is possible without the support of many selfless volunteers, our deepest

    appreciation to you all for your time and energy. From all of us at the Joe Nuxhall Miracle

    League Fields……Thank You! We look forward to seeing you in 2017 and please plan on

    joining us for our 5th Anniversary celebration on July 28th!

    – Kim Nuxhall

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    Teddy and Teresa
    Shiela and Guest
    Ron Reidy and Guests
    Munoz Family and Guest
    Michael Munoz
    Kim Ed and Guests
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    Gregg and Guests
    Ed and Guest 2
    Doug Ed and Munoz Family
    Danny John Lisa
    Damon
    CF Payne and Anthony Munoz
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    Anthony and Guest
    Kim Sheila and Guest
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    Thanks to our many supporters and friends, The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League offers the following:

    • Two rubberized fields, East & West, made of the durable resilient surface that allows for wheelchairs and other ambulatory aids to be used safely.
    • Covered dugouts with drinking fountains and cooling systems
    • Handicapped accessible restrooms
    • Electronic video scoreboards that feature players at bat and offers advertising opportunities
    • Stadium style seating
    • Wheelchair accessible glider
    • Two playground areas
    • Two Bocce Courts to host Regional Special Olympics Bocce Tournaments

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  • Dedication of the “Nuxy” Billboard (October 12, 2016)

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    What an incredible morning at the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields! Since our grand opening in 2012, hundreds have said to me, “Your dad is so proud, and looking down with a big smile”. Now, thanks to the amazing illustrator C.F. Payne, he certainly is! So many to thank starting with of course C.F. Payne, Don Lair of Ohio Sign, Chad Hurst of Signtech, Gary Hart of H & H Structural who all took the imagined idea & concept from a  print, to adding an amazing billboard of art to the complex. For generations, we hope children will look up with their parents/grandparents and ask, “Who’s that?” and then, the learning can begin. To include the lessons of dad’s life; work hard, treat people with respect, stay humble, make sacrifices for others, give back, take care of our kids, and inspire others to do the same. Thanks to all of you who joined us this morning for what was, next to opening day on July 28th 2012, the next greatest moment in our brief JNML history.

    A very grateful and overwhelmingly humbled,

    Kim Nuxhall



    Pre-Unveiling Nuxy Billboard

    Post-Unveiling Nuxy Billboard

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    Talk about “icing on the cake” for an amazing day! Still looking for the words, as the Zboril family presented us with a “mind blowing” $4,900.00 check from yes, a neighborhood fundraiser! I don’t care what’s on the news! This is a shining example of the fact that there are “still” wonderful/giving/kind and generous people in the world and so many of them are right here in our community. Zboril’s…..You are AWESOME!!!….Thank to all!

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    Also, a BIG THANKS to Cincinnati Reds pitcher,  Mike Lorenzen! He made the day even more special, as he signed autographs, and even pitched a game for the GMVY Youth Miracle League!

    Mike Lorenzen Pitching (Nuxy in background)

     

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  • Cruise In For Kids Car Show 2016 (July 1, 2016)

    What a wonderful weekend at The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields for the 3rd annual “Cruise In For Kids Car Show”! We had over 150 cars, bikes, and dragsters! We also had great food from Hammann’s Catering and Chester’s Pizza, aerial drone footage from Mitch Rhodus at Halo Branded Solutions (video below), great music from DJ Mike, and awesome live music from 5th Crow! Despite the heat, we had a great turnout, and there was an undeniable energy in the air! All together, we raised over $16,000 for our kids! Not only was it an amazing event, but also an emotional day for all of us at JNMLF as we dedicated “Kenny “Bob’s” IBEW Plaza”, and added three new laser-etched plaques thanks to Jim Smith, owner of Laser Imaging & Design in Lebanon! We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all of our sponsors and volunteers who made this event possible! You all are amazing! Check back with us soon for some great pictures of the car show from Mallory Lauren Photography!


    Dedication Plaques - Laser Etched

    Kenny Bob Rhodus Plaza Dedication




    For More information call: 513-829-6899

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  • Dedication of “Bernie & Joe’s Best Seats in the House” (June 12, 2016)

    A few pictures from a VERY special day today as we officially dedicated “Bernie & Joe’s Best Seats in the House” with the wonderful Stowe family. Thanks to all who attended and contributed to make it a special memory for us all. A special “THANK YOU” to the awesome George Grande for adding his typical highest level of class to the presentation and giving the Great Miami Valley YMCA Youth League players a thrill when announcing their names for the exhibition game following the ceremony. Also, a special THANKS to our friend Jim Smith, owner of Laser Imaging in Lebanon for yet “another” outstanding granite image addition to the complex, Jeff Francis who did a wonderful job building the brick wall in just a week, the awesome helpful Randy Hassler for his diligence in installing the plaque, and Jim Bell with the Fairfield Parks who took care of us for the ceremony with our seating. All for one, one for all, made it a great event for everyone!…..We appreciate it!

    Again…..”Nothing But Joy” at The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields……

    stowe family

    Kim and Friends

    george grande

    Dedication Crowd

    kim and teddy

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  • East Field receives new LED video board (December 29, 2015)

    We are very proud to announce the addition of our brand new LED video board to the East Field at The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields!  Now, no matter on which field our all-stars are playing, they will have the opportunity to see themselves on the big screen while they’re at bat… just like at all the Major League ballparks!  And with the help of awesome people like Kenny ‘Bob’ Rhodus and his IBEW 648 Electrical Union brothers, LSI Industries, Enerfab, Middletown Electric, Wagner Industries, McGraw/Kokosing, Tristate Productions and Cincy Entertainment Services, both of our video boards will have state-of-the-art functionality… with video playback and other great features!  Be sure to stop by The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields during our 2016 season to check it out!

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    A little background on the naming of the new Edward and Roberta Bruck Memorial Video Board on the LCPL Taylor Prazynski Memorial Field:

    TaylorPrazynskiLCPL Taylor Prazynski was a former student of Kim Nuxhall and volunteered in the special needs classrooms while in high school.  In 2003, Taylor joined the USMC; he served as a 0311 infantryman and saw gunner with the 3rd Bat/8th Marine Reg Lima Company 4th Platoon. His unit did a peacekeeping mission in Haiti 2004 and deployed to Iraq 2005. Taylor was part of history supporting the 1st free election in Iraq. He was killed in the line of duty on May 9, 2005 in the Al Anbar Province supporting Operation Matador.  Kim Nuxhall wanted to honor Taylor’s service to both the special needs community and to our country by naming The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Field’s East field after LCPL Taylor Prazynski.  Taylor’s father, John, and his family are great supporters of our mission and we are proud to have them as members of our JNMLF family.

    IMG_2865On one Saturday morning during our GMVY Youth Miracle League games, Mr. & Mrs. Brent Parks visited the fields to watch the kids play.  While there, they noticed that the LCPL Taylor Prazynski Memorial Field did not currently have a video board. Wanting to learn more about LCPL Taylor Prazynski and the need for a video board on this field, they spoke with Kim Nuxhall that day.  Upon hearing the story, they were inspired to make a contribution to allow us to purchase a new LED video board for our East Field.  Wanting to honor them for their selfless contribution, the video board was named after their loved ones, Edward and Roberta Bruck.  We cannot thank the Parks and Bruck families enough for their support of not only the new video board, but our mission in general.

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  • 2nd Annual Joe Nuxhall Miracle Ball will honor Sean Casey (August 21, 2015)

    The 2nd Annual Joe Nuxhall Miracle Ball will take place on Thursday, November 5th at the Oscar Event Center in Fairfield, Ohio.  This year’s honoree will be Mr. Sean Casey.

    Tickets are ON SALE NOW.  Click here to purchase tickets.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Please email tara@nuxhallmiracleleague.org for more information.

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  • C.F. Payne prints of Marty and Joe now available (June 9, 2015)

    Nationally recognized illustrator C.F. Payne’s special “Marty & Joe” print is now available for purchase.  Only 250 prints are available, and all are numbered and signed by both C.F. Payne & Reds Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman. Each print is 16×20, suitable for standard framing, and will include a certificate of authenticity.

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    C.F.’s work has been on the front cover of Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated and Mad Magazine, just to name a few. He was also commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to create quite a few U.S. Postage stamps. We are so very grateful to Mr. Payne for creating these limited edition prints and are thrilled to be offering them to our supporters.

     

    Each print is available for $150.00 (which includes shipping), with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the Joe Nuxhall Foundation which supports….The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League….The Joe Nuxhall Character Education Fund….The Joe Nuxhall Hope Project and The Joe Nuxhall Scholarship Fund.

    To purchase a limited edition “Marty & Joe” print, please follow the link below to make a $150.00 donation.  **Please reference “C.F Payne – Marty and Joe print” in the comments section to ensure accuracy of your order.**

    https://nuxhallmiracleleague.org/donate-now/

    Please contact tara@nuxhallmiracleleague.org with any questions regarding your purchase.  Thank you for your support!

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  • JNMLF participates in Bleed for a Cause (June 4, 2015)

    BLEED FOR A CAUSE in JULY
    and help THE JOE NUXHALL MIRACLE LEAGUE win up to $10,000!

    The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League is entering into a bloody battle with other local charities and we need your help! “Bleed for a Cause” is a competition hosted by the Hoxworth Blood Center where local charities recruit blood donors during the month of July for a chance to win up to $10,000! Here are the details:

    bleedforacauseWhen: July 1 – July 31, 2015
    Where: Any Hoxworth Blood Center
    How: Donors schedule appointments to give blood and mention The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League as their designated charity on their donation form BEFORE donating the blood. Hoxworth Blood Center tallies up the points registered to each charity during the month of July and the winning charities receives up to $10,000 for their organization!
    The Point System:
    Whole Blood = 1 point
    Red Cell Donation = 2 points
    Plasma Donation = 2 points
    Platelet Donation = 3 points
    1st Time Donor will receive a “bonus” = 2 points
    *1st Time Donor is someone who has never donated blood before OR is new to Hoxworth.
    Plus: Bonus Heats
    The charity with the most points each individual week wins bonus prizes!

    Why: The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League is competing in this contest in order to purchase additional playground and sensory equipment for our East field. It is our mission to provide the most comprehensive experience for our players and their families while at The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields. Please help us reach our goal by participating in BLEED FOR A CAUSE.

    Call and schedule your appointment for any day in JULY and help us reach our goal!
    1-513-451-0910 or 1-800-830-1091 www.hoxworth.org

     

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