Dayton Children’s & Midwest Ohio Baseball Form Partnership

Dayton, OH – Sept 2014 – Midwest Ohio Baseball and Dayton Children’s Sports Medicine have announced a joint partnership whereas Dayton Children’s will provide educational seminars, baseline concussion testing and other support to Midwest Ohio Baseball properties and their 260+ Select Baseball Teams within its network. Midwest Ohio Baseball is one of the largest organizations in SW Ohio bringing the highest level of competition and learning to youth baseball from ages 7 through 18.  Sports Image®, a sports marketing firm, brokered the deal between the two organizations which will start as a one year deal between the two organizations.

“Dayton Children’s Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics is proud to partner with the 260 youth teams in the Midwest Baseball League,” stated Ms. Ashley Stanko, Marketing & Business Development Manager for Sports Medicine.  “We believe that supporting youth sports and keeping kids active helps build a strong, healthy community.”

“Dayton Children’s Sports Medicine’s team of certified sports medicine trainers and physicians are uniquely trained to understand how an injury may effect growth and how growth may affect rehab of the injury.  This partnership with Dayton Children’s to provide concussion baseline tests to all of our players, is only the beginning of the positive impact for our coaches, players and parents,” said Mr. Wade Westfall, President of the Midwest League.

With several tournaments throughout the year and the hundreds of games being played within the league, Midwest Baseball hopes that this new partnership will help to educate players, coaches and parents regarding the danger signs – as well as how to react – of dehydration, concussions and other injuries that, unfortunately, are commonplace in youth athletics today.

Ms. Stanko echoes that sentiment in stating, “As much as we want every kid to stay healthy, we are here to help injured athletes get back in the game.  Our pediatric trained sports medicine specialists treat more youth and adolescent orthopedic injuries than anyone in the area and know that the growing body needs special care and attention. Any information we can arm parents and coaches with is the first step in getting great care.”

“The Midwest Ohio Baseball League is determined to be on the forefront in educating and preparing our coaches, parents, and players on the significant issues surrounding concussions.  Our partnership with Dayton Children’s Sports Medicine is a perfect fit.  This partnership will result in each and every player in the Midwest Ohio Baseball League getting a FREE age and gender based concussion base-line test, compliments of Dayton Children’s Sports Medicine.  If there is a better way to show their commitment to the health and well-being of young athletes, I do not know what it would be…” stated Mr. Gregg Beemer, VP of Baseball Operations.

College Turns Baseball Field Red

Colored synthetic turf fields at athletic facilities are nothing new. From Boise State’s famed “smurf turf” blue to gray to black, we’ve seen fields in several colors other than green. But it’s not everyday we see a baseball field go the colored turf route.

The University of Northwestern Ohio, located in Lima, has installed the nation’s first cardinal red college baseball field. According to the school’s press release, the field will be ready for play in the 2015 fall and spring seasons.

http://www.athleticbusiness.com/stadium-arena/ohio-college-adds-red-turf-to-baseball-field.html?topic=1,400&eid=61619403&bid=914536

Sports Image® & Midwest Ohio Baseball Forms Strategic Partnership

Dayton, OH – April 2014 – Midwest Ohio Baseball and Sports Image®, a leader in the high school and youth sports marketing industry, have announced a joint partnership whereas Sports Image® will represent Midwest Ohio Baseball properties and interests to drive revenue to support the 260+ Select Baseball Teams within its network. Midwest Ohio Baseball is one of the largest organizations in SW Ohio bringing the highest level of competition and learning to youth baseball from ages 7 through 18.

“Our partnership with Sports Image® is the culmination of our vision to professionalize the Midwest Ohio Baseball League with the goal of providing value and potentially, marketing dollars, to the 260 plus teams in the League,” stated Mr. Gregg Beemer, VP of Baseball Operations. “Eric Horstman and Sports Image® have proven over the years that they deliver value to their people and to the Dayton Community.  We believe that this is the beginning of a very productive relationship that will provide tangible value to our 260 teams, 860 coaches and more than 3200 players and their families.”

Since 2002, Sports Image® has helped schools and organizations obtain state-of-the-art equipment and much needed revenue for their athletic programs as budgets continue to dry up nationwide. The program has zero cost to the schools and organizations. By leveraging existing relationships across the nation through locally-owned Sports Image® franchise locations, they have given over $1,000,000 in cash and over $12,000,000 in equipment to schools and organizations throughout the United States and in Canada.

“Sports Image® has proven their value to the Dayton community annually with the success and continued growth of the Good Samaritan Flyin’ to the Hoop Basketball Invitational.  We are now excited to see how we can drive value to our teams in conjunction with the professionalism of Sports Image®,” stated Mr. Wade Westfall, President of Midwest Ohio Baseball.

“Midwest Ohio Baseball is synonymous with quality baseball in this area and Sports Image® is excited to partner with them to help in their growth,” stated Eric Horstman, President of Sports Image®. “Our goal is to leverage America’s favorite pastime and key brands that speak to grassroots America in order to achieve a win-win for all involved.”

Sports Image Selling Naming Rights For George Mason High School (VA)

Tom Carmichael of Sports Image® is making major headway with George Mason High School (VA).  Through his partnership with the school, Tom will be securing a number of sponsorships, including a naming rights sponsorship opportunity of the fields, to generate revenue toward the organization.  His goal is to offset the cost of their recent baseball and softball field lighting project.  The overall project cost of installing these new lights on the fields ran upwards of $359,000, which the school has been working to pay off.  Thanks to Sports Image, Tom has been working alongside the school’s booster efforts and contracting sponsors to help them pay off the equipment and enjoy their amazing new lights!

http://fcnp.com/2014/02/26/mason-boosters-seek-sponsor-to-name-stadium/

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A Man of Integrity’s Story

If you found out your boss overpaid you, would you keep the money knowing you didn’t earn it or would you do the honest thing and let him know the error? MLB pitcher Jeremy Affeldt was challenged with this dilemma. Due to a typing error in his contract, the Giants paid him an extra $500,000 dollars. When Affeldt discovered the error, he decided to give the money back even though he legally could have kept it. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Affeldt stated, “I talked to Bobby (Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Giants) the next day and said, ‘I can’t take that money. I won’t sleep well at night knowing I took that money because every time I open my paycheck, I’ll know it’s not right.’”

What a great demonstration of integrity. In life, your integrity will be constantly challenged—whether it’s by receiving too much change at check out or not being charged for an item on the bottom of your grocery cart. What would you do?
Read more of Jeremy’s story here:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/jeremy-affeldt-returns-500-000-san-francisco-giants-174036471.html

Sports Image Welcomes Texas Franchise

Sports Image® is proud to announce their newest franchisees, Wally Spence and Chuck McElroy of Texas.  The pair will operate our second franchise location in the state, focusing on the Houston and surrounding areas.  We are thrilled to have the team join Sports Image® and look forward to the work they will perform helping schools and organizations get the revenue and equipment they need.  As a 13+ year veteran of Major League Baseball, Chuck has the experience behind-the-scenes of how athletic programs operate and many contacts which combines with Wally’s strong business and financial sense to form a great team.  We wish them the best and welcome them to Team Sports Image!

The John Carroll School Receives A New Baseball Scoreboard

Bel Air, MD – 2012 –Under an agreement with school president, Richard J. O’Hara, Sports Image® provided The John Carroll School with a new scoreboard for their baseball field.  Funds for the equipment were secured by Sports Image® through advertising sponsorships.  Sue Taylor, Project Manager at Sports Image® secured the advertising sponsorships, handled all contracts, developed artwork, and collected payment for the project.  The Sports Image® program did not demand valuable time from the Administration, Athletic Director or school personnel.  Major sponsors for the project were Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan, Klein’s Shoprite, The Bel Air Athletic Club, Cook Volkswagon, Huskins Builders, Sandler Training, Gold Medal Physical Therapy, Upper Chesapeake Health and McDonalds.

President O’Hara says, “Sue Taylor was instrumental in creating a successful partnership that led to our scoreboard becoming a reality.  Her work was thorough and professional and she was responsive and helpful in addressing questions that arose along the way.  We will be happy to work with Sports Image again for future scoreboard projects.”

“Sports Image® and projects like these provide sponsors with a more effective way to reach their target audiences.  Sponsors build loyalty and maximize public relations with consumers by making a real connection with their community.  It’s a win-win situation for both the school and the sponsor,” said Sue Taylor of Sports Image®.

Sports Image Helps Fairfield American Little League

The following video is a great example of the impact of Sports Image® in the local community.  Katie Klein, our Connecticut franchisee, has created quite a buzz with her help in securing a field for the Fairfield American Little League.  Katie worked with a number of sponors to secure a space that over 900 players will use this season.  Congratulations on your hard work Katie!

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