JNMLF Welcomes New Board Member (January 16, 2017)
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!
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
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
Dedication of the “Nuxy” Billboard (October 12, 2016)
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,
— Reds Community Fund (@RedsCommunity) October 1, 2016
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!
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!
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!
For More information call: 513-829-6899
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......
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!
A little background on the naming of the new Edward and Roberta Bruck Memorial Video Board on the LCPL Taylor Prazynski Memorial Field:
LCPL 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.
On 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.
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.
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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 16x20, suitable for standard framing, and will include a certificate of authenticity.
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.**
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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:
When: 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
JNMLF teams up with ABC Pediatric Therapy (March 9, 2015)
NUXHALL FIELDS, YMCA & ABC PEDIATRIC THERAPY NETWORK
JOIN TO ENHANCE PLAYER EXPERIENCE
In an effort to improve the quality and enhance the therapeutic value of play at The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields the expertise of West Chester based ABC Pediatric Therapy Network will be a part of every game during the Spring 2015 season according to Kim Nuxhall, League Chairman and son of legendary Reds broadcaster Joe Nuxhall.
Diane L. Crecelius is CEO and founder of ABC Pediatric Therapy Network where their mission is to provide high quality speech, physical and occupational therapy for children with challenges. Diane commented on the Nuxhall-YMCA collaboration saying, “Supporting the children and families involved with the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields directly parallels ABC’s mission of “creating the best life for all children”. We have a great respect for the work that The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League and the Great Miami Valley YMCA does, and we are honored to be a part of a team creating the best baseball experience for the players and their families. We believe every child should have a baseball experience.”
Youth Miracle Leagues at The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields are organized by the Fairfield Family YMCA, where Branch Executive Director Damon Knoche and his team organize volunteer "buddies" who support the goals of each player finding success on the field. Knoche commented, "In addition to supporting the development of our players, ABC Pediatric Therapy Network’s team of therapists will also serve to provide our volunteers with training opportunities to enhance their own skills in assisting our players. Starting this April, our youth program will be the first in the country to have such a tremendous collaborative partner serve in this capacity. The impact that this partnership will have on players, their families and our community of volunteers is priceless.”
ABC Pediatric Therapy Network's West Chester headquarters will also host a Youth Miracle League Kickoff Event on Saturday, March 21 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Licensed therapists will focus player sessions on developing skills at batting, throwing and catching, running the bases, and meeting and interacting with other teammates. Additionally, volunteer "buddies" will have the opportunity to learn helpful hints to help assist facilitation through sensory processing, learning tips on how to communicate with non-verbal players, and how to properly assist players with adaptive equipment.
ABC Pediatric Therapy Network is located at 7591 Tylers Place Boulevard in West Chester. For more information about the Youth Miracle League Kickoff Event and other Youth Miracle League opportunities, contact Damon Knoche at email@example.com.