First Base Foundation and California Warriors Baseball Program is a 501(c)3 non-profit (EIN #: 37-1499235). Our mission is to provide high school student athletes access to a competitive travel baseball program regardless of ability to pay. FBF makes travel baseball more affordable, transforms lives through positive mentorship, and combats inequality by providing a healthy space for student athletes of diverse backgrounds to interact with one another in the pursuit of higher education and playing college baseball.


Awarded Tuition Assistance to 45% of participants from 2021-2023 for a total of $153,600.

Hired & trained 15 coaches between 2021-2023 to be mentors and leaders in player development.

56 local high schools were represented on California Warriors rosters between 2021-2023.

118 California Warriors Alumni are currently thriving as college and pro baseball players.

The First Base Foundation – California Warriors have a proven track record of developing raw talent in an inclusive and empowering environment.

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We train alumni to be future community leaders while developing important leadership and interpersonal communication skills.

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We are extremely proud that 100% of California Warriors Alumni attend college, going on to become leaders in their communities.

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A proven leader and recruiter, Noah Jackson is the Associate Head Coach at UC Berkeley. He also serves as the Golden Bears’ recruiting coordinator while overseeing the team’s hitters and outfielders since 2016.

Jackson has been instrumental in establishing Cal’s culture of player development and has seen 22 players taken in the Major League Baseball Draft during his tenure. The Bears set a program record 2022 for the most players selected in the first five rounds of a single MLB Draft (4). Cal has also had three first-round picks – Andrew Vaughn (No. 3 overall, 2019), Korey Lee (No. 32 overall, 2019) and Dylan Beavers (No. 33 overall, 2022) – with Jackson on staff, all of which were undrafted out of high school. Jackson mentored Vaughn, the 2018 Golden Spikes Award winner, and helped Beavers emerge as one of the top power-hitting players on the west coast with 36 career long balls, the seventh most in program history. Vaughn and Lee became the first duo in school history to be taken in the first round of the same draft, and Vaughn additionally became the program’s highest-drafted player ever.

Jackson earned his undergraduate degree in American Studies from Cal in 2003. A native of Mill Valley, California, Jackson attended Marin Catholic High School (Kentfield, CA) and is the godson of Dusty Baker. Jackson’s father, Sylvester, served as a radio broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics.

Noah founded the First Base Foundation as a way to give back to the community. Since 2003 over a thousand high school athletes have gone through the California Warriors baseball program. Many of these individuals have gone on to play in college and currently have jobs with MLB.


Jackson Smith

California Warriors Alum & Tampa Bay Rays Scout

I met Noah Jackson in the summer of 2012, and ever since that day in Long Beach our bond and my love for him as a mentor, friend and brother has only grown deeper. What truly sets NJ apart from the rest is not his shoe game, quality banter or shared love for the game of baseball. It’s the passion he has for helping others achieve their goals and major milestones on and off the field. Noah is a go-getter and leader who knows how to set his sights high, with a clear vision and knack for execution. To put it simply the world is a better place with him in it. My grandma use to tell me “you are the sum of the people you keep in your circle”…and all I can say is my circle is better because I have you in it Noah.

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