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In the series finale, episode #267 of the Stepping Up to the Plate podcast, Dan Clouser sits down again with his producer and guest host, Toni Reece to talk about the 30 year body of work and new direction of the foundation. They reflect on the lives that the organization has impacted over the years as well as the impact that the foundation is positioning itself for in the future. Still focusing on stressing to young people the importance of giving back, the foundation is taking its “Work Hard, Play Hard” program to a whole new level as it has now created “Community Service Scholarships” which will allow young people from all over the country and all walks of life to take advantage of the leadership skills and life lessons in which sports can teach them.
Dan also announces the exciting news that Ultimate Events and Sports Management Company will be taking over the tournament and team operations for the foundation moving forward.
As one chapter in Dan’s life is closing, another is just beginning. Dan and Toni announce that the premiere episode of Dan’s new podcast, “The Journey of my Mother’s Son” will be out shortly. The new series will tell the stories of the people that Dan and his wife, Sandy meet on their journey of traveling across the country in their RV. Some stories will still have a sports theme, others spiritual, some will be about music, some about food, some will talk travel, but all will be about the many little people, in many little places who are doing many little things to make the whole world change.
Thank you for listening to “Stepping Up to the Plate” throughout the years and please tune into “The Journey of my Mother’s Son.”
SINCE 1989 BIG VISION FOUNDATION HAS BEEN MAKING A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY!
What started out as a few buddies from high school trying to hang on to their glory days grew into something much bigger and more impactful than any of them could have ever imagined. As this group of young men grew and matured, they began to understand that the knowledge that someone older than them had passed on to them could not stop there. That shared knowledge, along with their own life lessons learned had to be passed down to our next generation. It was the circle of life.
They understood that the only significance in one's life is its impact on those other lives that surround us. Although baseball was always the common bond among this band of brothers, they understood that this impact was much bigger than the game of baseball. This impact was touching the lives of children, touching our own future. It was BIG and could be much bigger. It turned into feeding the homeless, sending equipment to those who could not afford it, raising money for breast cancer survivors, our veterans, and kids struggling to understand why they had no hair.
It wasn't just baseball, it was life. It was always going to be the roots of BERKSHIRE, but it was also being INNOVATIVE in finding ways to best utilize their own God given talents in order to create community GROWTH and build a VISION for a better future. Most of all, it was being crazy enough to think that by transforming Berkshire Baseball into the BIG Vision Foundation, will…actually change the world around us for the better, even if it is just one kid at a time…