The Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award Selection Committee held its initial “Play Ball” meeting at Shady Oaks Country Club hosted by Selection Committee Chairman Chris Lewis. The meeting was designed to allow the members of the Selection Committee to become better acquainted, ask questions and provide guidance as the Selection Committee prepares for the 2017 college baseball season and the inaugural season of the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award.
The meeting was highlighted by the excellent input and anecdotes of Advisory Committee member Dr. Bobby Brown (New York Yankee great, Former President of the American League and renowned cardiologist). Dr. Brown focused in on the Academic aspects of the program and regaled the Committee with several entertaining stories about Bobby Bragan, Mickey Mantle and other Yankee greats.
Selection Committee member Lance Brown (former TCU head coach and Rice pitching coach) provided insightful guidance to the committee on scouting hitters and what areas to examine beyond the basic statistics in a box score. His experience will be instrumental as the committee reviews the performance at the plate of the nominated athletes.
College Baseball Hall of Fame President and Selection Committee member Mike Gustafson will be an excellent resource for the committee in this inaugural season with his experience administering National College Baseball Awards. The College Baseball Hall of Fame awards three national awards and Mike provided great feedback and guidance as the committee prepares for the 2017 season.
“We are very excited about the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award and the impressive Advisory and Selection Committees that have been assembled. It was great to sit in on this meeting and listen to the accumulated knowledge and wisdom in the room” stated Mike Goodrich, Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation President who was in attendance. (Most of the local members of the Selection Committee attended the meeting with several out of town members participating via conference call.)
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/community service 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 has been 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” on February 22nd and a Gala in the fall of 2017 honoring the winner that is currently under development.
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