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JP4 Foundation Press Release - April 2019

New Name – Same Mission

Blizzard Foundation now dubbed JP4 Foundation

St. Paul, Minn. - The renaming of a small and successful non-profit organization traditionally doesn’t send strong emotions and excitement through the lives of young athletes, but Johnny Price IV was far from your traditional young person. A stand-out baseball player, Price was even more well known for being an incredible teammate and person than he was as a top-ranked college baseball recruit out of Minnesota.

“We’ve always held Johnny up as both the central reason for the creation of the foundation,” Barta said.  “and as the example of what is possible when talented players are also great people.”

“We started the original foundation because we felt a responsibility to empower athletes to be outstanding citizens,” said Adam Barta, the JP4 Foundation Chairman. “And I wanted to ensure that finances would not be an insurmountable obstacle for families to play baseball.  Baseball provides so many life lessons including culture, a sense of family, being a good teammate, accountability, loyalty and so much more.  Those are life skills that shouldn’t be impacted by finances.”

Price’s life was cut short in an automobile accident in December of 2015, but his positive impact on countless lives has certainly continued. The foundation that now bears his name is a perfect example of Price’s current influence.

“As a player and person, Johnny made me want to be an even better coach – made me want to push further the positive impact baseball could have in offering life lessons to young people,” said Barta. “His actions and words continue to guide and lead us today, so renaming our foundation in his honor is more motivation than marketing.”

 “Our foundation’s heartbeat, mission, and vision will stay exactly the same as we change our name,” said Jeff Huth, Executive Director of the JP4 Foundation. “Life enrichment and development for the young people stays at the forefront, and baseball continues to be a vehicle we use to carry out our efforts.”

Since the foundation’s onset, over 500 families have been helped access baseball, young people have performed more than 2,500 hours of community service, and nine scholarships have been granted to students to help in the cost of college.

“We have done a great deal of positive things for the community in the last few years, but the summer-long camps at Battle Creek Middle School and North Minneapolis stand out to me,” said Huth. “We are able to meet underserved youth in our community where they are at – enriching lives, teaching life lessons, and building relationships while playing the game of baseball.”

Additionally, the foundation has been able to provide nutritional meals for camp participants who, in many cases, do not have access to regular, healthy meals.

“In 2018 we started with one summer-long camp in Saint Paul. In 2019, we will continue that camp but also expand to North Minneapolis. We want to continue adding summer-long camps each year until we can impact the Greater Minnesota Area ,” Huth said. “The partnership between our foundation and corporate sponsors like Twin Cities Orthopedics and Cargill is something we feel we can successfully replicate.”

The JP4 Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that believes the game of baseball is an avenue to offering key life lessons to young people.

About the Minnesota Blizzard

The Minnesota Blizzard is the most successful traveling and club baseball program in Minnesota and among the top select teams in the Midwest winning 90 national tournaments and placing in the top four 211 times since 2003. 
 
The Blizzard program draws players ages 10u-18u from all around Minnesota including Albert Lea to Duluth and has had several players from the Dakotas, Iowa, Wisconsin and even Canada. 

Our coaches, led by owner, Adam Barta, features, Al Newman (MN Twins), Eddie Gerald (KC Royals / MN Twins), Darryl Robinson (Astros, 9-year pro hitting instructor), Cory Glieden (Iowa/Mankato), Mike Loberg (SF Giants), Ben Moore (NY Yankees), Jake Matthys (SP Saints), Jesse Tollefson (Assoc. Scout, Blue Jays), and many other top-tier instructors and coaches.
 
Our Blizzard Baseball Academy, a core part of the Blizzard program, offers individual lessons, strength training and has avenues for our players to participate in showcases, fall leagues and tournaments.
 
Over 330 players have committed to play college baseball and another 40+ have been drafted or signed as free agents in the last ten years.  It is one of the most well-respected programs in the Midwest and has garnered attention from KSTP 5, Kare 11, ESPN 1500, Fox9, Channel 6, the Star Tribune and the Upper Deck Report among others.

Our vision and values of the Blizzard Big 5 drive our core values, guide players through their youth years, into high school and onto both college and professional baseball.
 
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