Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

Cannonball Foundation Inc

  • Arlington, MA
  • www.thecannonballfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The Cannonball Foundation's mission is to provide baseball and softball athletes in underserved communities with the opportunity to participate in a structured, safe, and competitive environment while also supporting their efforts in the classroom via mentoring and counseling.

Main Programs

  1. The Cannonball Prospects Team

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Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Greater Boston, Central Massachusetts, and North Shore Massachusetts

ruling year

2010

Principal Officer since 2010

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Michael Ginns

Co Principal Officer since 2010

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Mike Schell

Keywords

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Baseball, Softball, Youth Development, Leadership

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EIN

20-5078024

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Baseball, Softball (includes Little Leagues) (N63)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Cannonball Foundation envisions our Prospects (http://www.thecannonballfoundation.org/the-cannonball-prospects.html) program to be a vehicle for youth to gain collegiate opportunities through their play on the field and performance in the classroom.

Programs

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Program 1

The Cannonball Prospects Team

The Cannonball Prospects is a team of talented, well-deserving scholar-athletes from underserved communities who are given an opportunity to demonstrate their baseball talents on and off the field to prospective colleges.  The Cannonball Foundation also provides Prospects players a supportive educational atmosphere that provides a path towards higher education.  The college counseling component of the Prospects program assists players in navigating the complexities of the college admissions process.
 

 

These players face significant financial, language, and cultural barriers that prohibit them from gaining access to the college and university admissions process.  They are talented scholar athletes who demonstrate good citizenship and a commitment to their education.  Their lack of adequate financial resources prevents entry in showcase tournaments where numerous colleges come to identify and recruit top quality talent for their programs.  In recognition of these expenses, The Cannonball Foundation subsidizes the costs of uniforms and any fees associated with participating in a showcase tournament.  
 

 

The Prospects play in the most competitive tournaments in the Northeast that are attended by college coaches and scouts searching for top quality talent for their programs.  The Prospects’ “season” ranges from 6 to 20 games each summer in an attempt to give the players the most exposure possible for college opportunities.  
 

 

 

 

·         Provide college counseling services to participants preparing them with the necessary tools to navigate the college admissions process including:
 

 

o   application assistance
 

 

o   essay writing
 

 

o   interview preparation
 

 

o   college tours for the team
 

 

o   financial aid
 

 

o   life skills
 

 

·         Assist promising baseball scholar-athletes from underserved communities demonstrating financial need in their quest to achieve a college education.  
 

 

·         Provide a free opportunity to play on a stage for college coaches and scouts in an effort to maximize their athletic potential.  
 

 

·         Connect prospective college players with current college players and mentors as a way to learn about what it takes to be a college student-athlete.

Category

Recreation & Sports

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$10,000.00

Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Greater Boston, Central Massachusetts, and North Shore Massachusetts

Funding Needs

$75 pays for one member of The Cannonball Prospects team to participate in a showcase tournament. $350 supports one Leaders in the Lineup program $500 supports the purchase of equipment for the Cannonball Prospects $800 provides the tournament entry fee for the Cannonball Prospects $1,000 provides uniforms for the Cannonball Prospects

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Cannonball Foundation Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Michael Ginns

Co Principal Officer

Mike Schell

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"2011 was a very exciting year for The Cannonball Foundation as we have implemented our Leaders in the Lineup and Cannonball Prospects while continuing to grow, prepare, and planning for the future. We developed our programs and partnerships with some great community organizations who share our vision of helping kids from disadvantaged communities attain leadership, self discipline, and educational opportunities that will enhance their lives and benefit their communities. We strengthened our programs in Boston and Worcester, and continue to develop relationships that will allow us to reach more deserving kids and expand our services in the Greater Boston and Worcester communities.  Although we were challenged by the ups and downs of starting up a non-profit organization in downward economy, we assembled and delivered high-quality programs to the kids who participated in our programs.  We provided 22 college-able baseball players from financially challenging situations with an opportunity to showcase their skills and commitment to college scouts in two summer tournaments. As a result of our efforts, 40+ little leaguers were able to receive top notch coaching and our Prospect players piqued the interest of many college programs. We are continuing to develop our programs and services.  For 2012 we are aiming to add a literacy component to the Leaders in the Lineup program and have established a partnership with Bottom Line, Inc. to accept referrals for college counseling services for Cannonball Prospects players.  We are also striving to develop a softball component to compliment our signature programs all while adding to our list of neighborhood partners. Three interns joined our staff this year to help us research funding opportunities, enhance our programs, and solidify our place in the community as an organization dedicated to helping kids break down their barriers to achieving their educational goals and paying it forward to those who come after them. We hope you will take some time to learn about the recent successes our organization has achieved. As with all of our accomplishments, they would not have been possible without you.Thank you for continuing to support The Cannonball Foundation and believe in the power of youth sports development to change a child’s life."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mike Ginns

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