The First Base Foundation is a fantastic baseball program for young athletes. The Olympic Club Foundation is proud to support this youth sports program dedicated to making travel baseball more affordable and transforming lives through positive mentorship, developing leadership skills, and building self-esteem. [It is] an excellent opportunity to grow into a future community leader and play baseball with good people!
— The Olympic Club Foundation
The First Base Foundation…actively recruit[s] students from urban neighborhoods, lower socio-economic backgrounds, and minorities. They are committed to bringing baseball to at-risk youth. The Marin Community Foundation is partnering with the First Base Foundation in order to assist them in increasing their capacity for fundraising, fund development and major gift solicitation as well providing technical support and organizations administrative assistance.
— Aileen Sweeney, Marin Community Foundation Vice President for Finance
I am writing as a strong advocate of the First Base Foundation’s important role in molding Bay Area youth. By subsidizing inner-city boys’ participation in sports, this organization provides extra-curricular opportunity and surrounds otherwise disadvantaged youth a wealth of positive role models and a chance to succeed. Additionally, the teams provide an opportunity for interaction between scholarship athletes and non-scholarship players, helping to bridge cultural and ethnic understanding in our community. Several of the players coming out of the program have gone on to play collegiately or professionally, an opportunity that may well have not materialized without the helping hand of First Base Foundation.
— Parent of a California Warriors Player
I have always admired the work the First Base Foundation does in helping young people to strive to reach their goals and dreams. I strongly believe in their approach to youth baseball and the benefits sports provide to our youth and the community. During the years which [our son] was playing our family was going through a tough stretch financially and the First Base Foundation never hesitated to accommodate us. It is extremely difficult to ask for financial assistance and we appreciate the manner which it was handled on your end. For all these reasons we will continue to support the organization whenever possible!
— Parents of a California Warriors Player
The First Base Foundation and the California Warriors turned my life around. They helped me see that college was a real possibility for me that I could work towards achieving. I wouldn’t be a professional athlete, playing the game that I love every day, without their guidance and resources.
— Mitch Delfino, San Francisco Giants Minor League Player & UC Berkeley Student
It’s the best summer traveling team experience I’ve ever had, playing for this Foundation…what they do for kids education-wise, playing-wise, and helping them for their future is an opportunity a lot of kids don’t get, so I’m very thankful that I was a part of the California Warriors.
— Devin Pearson, UC Berkeley Graduate & Boston Red Sox Front Office Employee
Playing for the First Base Foundation was huge because it got me playing time in front of the college coaches who gave me a scholarship and an opportunity to go to college and play baseball. Without the Foundation, I probably wouldn’t have had as long a career as I did. I am grateful for that. Now that I am lucky enough to coach the California Warriors White Team (2015), which has given me more skills for after I graduate.
— Cameron Merriwether, Sonoma State Graduate, California Warriors Coach, currently working in private business
The coaches’ knowledge of baseball has simply made me a better player. They kept me on track to play college baseball throughout my high school career; playing for the Warriors was an invaluable part of my development as a student-athlete.
— Colby Morris, Middlebury College Student-Athlete