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Over the last several months we have had meaningful conversations with caring people just like you. We set out to capture the voice of the community, listening along the way, better understanding the wants and needs specific to them. What we’ve found out is that people are ready for bold, innovative and creative ideas that will push society forward. We are specifically focusing on the youth, girls and minorities of underserved communities.


To provide a mechanism for Professional Athletes, both active and retired, to bring communities together to create a culture of inclusivity and acceptance through Sports, Health and Education, while providing an unwavering commitment to the youth of their respective communities

Our vision is simple and clear. Use sport as a means to give kids the tools necessary to grow and become the change we are all eager to see. We’ve created a mechanism with the help of many experienced professionals who have proven successful in these fields: Youth Sports, Health and Education.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Desoto Counties has been gracious enough to open their doors allowing us to bring a proven baseball program to the Newtown community. As a player and Academy advocate, I was able to see this Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy program; PLAY first hand.  Surrounding kids with energetic, loving, educated and TRAINED mentors. Teaching baseball, healthy lifestyle habits, teamwork, and good sportsmanship in a new and exciting, fun and engaging way.  I am proud of these partnerships and know that as a team we will make a great impact on the next generation of Sarasota youth.

All along the way we’ve battled to keep our focus local and not allow ourselves to be distracted by the need at a national level. This will enable us to execute this plan flawlessly in our hometown of Sarasota, FL.

However, this is a plan built for scalability, sidestepping many hurdles professional athletes often stumble upon when launching their philanthropic efforts. This is a ground up, grass roots approach that serves the underserved.

We have a belief that community development through sports can and will:

  • build healthier,
  • smarter and
  • higher character citizens.

It will provide the gift of baseball and all the lessons it teaches along the way to kids and families who would otherwise not have had access in the past.

Please join us to help our community’s youth build critical life skills through sports, health, education and mentorship. You can make an immediate impact by making a meaningful contribution today in the form below.


Ian Desmond
Newtown Connection

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