The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the launch of the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award for the 2017 college baseball season. The award takes into account performance at the plate, academics and personal integrity and will be open to nominations from all 21 Division I baseball programs in the state of Texas.
For over 25 years the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation has had two elements at its core, a passion for baseball and providing kids with the incentive and opportunity to pursue a college education. From Bobby Bragan’s 60-year involvement with professional baseball to the foundation’s signature scholarship program, the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation has embraced these connections and sought to make an impact on the DFW Metroplex. The Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award is the combination of these two areas that will drive the foundation for the future.
The Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award is based on the time tested and proven tenets of the foundation’s scholarship program that takes into account not only athletic performance, but academics and integrity as well. To date, the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation has awarded over 730 scholarships worth more than $1.8 million, not to high school seniors, but to middle school 8th graders covering 144 middle schools in 22 independent school districts in Dallas/Ft. Worth. The foundation has documented that 98% of the 8th graders receiving the promise of a scholarship have enrolled in college, many as the first in their family to do so.
The reaction from the Division I College Baseball programs in Texas has been very positive and a Blue Ribbon Selection Committee is being assembled to help develop a watch list of players and ultimately choose the 2017 winner. Players will be nominated by their respective programs and will be monitored by the Selection Committee throughout the season. Several events, including a “Watch List Announcement” in early February and a Gala to announce the 2017 winner in the fall, are currently under development.
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