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ROB GIFFEN STEPS AWAY FROM ROY HOBBS
Rob Giffen stepped away from Roy Hobbs Baseball as of January 1, to pursue his own passions and professional goals.
Roy Hobbs is most appreciative of his time with the organization as our event operations coordinator, for his efforts to make our organization more professional, streamline our registration and website operations, and to expand our events & programs.
Rob has had 2 stints with Roy Hobbs, the first coming when Tom was struck with a life-threatening
disease in 2000. Rob stepped in shortly thereafter to stabilize the operation and make sure that his father dealt with his health issues. Following that, he went back to school in Florida. In 2011, when Todd Windhorst retired, Rob cam back to take over Todd’s responsibilities. He built upon that, especially in the area of technology, working hard to refine our registration system and create relationships with our customers.
Like all of us, however, Rob has his dreams. He has long had a love affair with cars and sports car racing. The time has come, he said in December, to pursue that dream and those professional goals. Who are we to debate that – in 1992, Ellen and I purchased Roy Hobbs Baseball from Ron Monks and set out to build a premier amateur adult baseball organization. In 1995, I ended 35
years as a journalist to devote full time to Roy Hobbs and follow my dream. It has been an interesting and exciting road.
Now Rob wants to follow that path, and we are sure he will be successful. He knows how to work hard and focus on the future. His time with Roy Hobbs has shown he can do that. We are thankful for his time with Roy Hobbs, his dedication to our organization and goals and his customer service leadership.
We wish him good fortune in his pursuit of opportunities to explore his passions and reach his goals. There is no doubt that he will be missed here at Roy Hobbs. ~Tom Giffen
SUNSHINE CLASSIC READY TO ROLL FOR 2021
The Sunshine Classic will get underway for its 11th year in 9 days!
This popular event is sold out except for the March 60+ division, which has 4 team slots still available. This year’s event will have 9 divisions, with 106 teams registered to date, along with more than 150 free agents.
We also have a single opening in the 55+ division as we had a team drop out very recently. Please email Tom directly if you have a team interested in filling this spot. firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2021 Sunshine Classic will be somewhat different in that we are still dealing with the Covid-19 virus. We cannot do the locker room – there is simply too much risk involved in putting 200+ ball players in one room, knowing full well the risks with this nasty disease.
While Roy Hobbs is committed to continuing its CV19 on- and off the field policies, we are working hard to keep all the remaining amenities of the event in place but outside. We are looking forward to making the 2021 event the best ever, regardless of circumstances, and want to thank everyone for their support and commitment to the celebration of quality amateur adult baseball.
BLUE RIDGE SPRING DINGER ON THE (MOUNTAIN) HORIZON
We’ve received many emails about the Dinger event in Asheville. Yes! we will be holding the tournament. Several managers have sent us emails asking us when registration will open. EMAILS WILL BE SENT TO ALL TEAM MANAGERS WHO PREVIOUSLY PARTICIPATED IN THIS EVENT ON MONDAY, JANUARY 25TH. ALL OTHER MANAGERS WHO EXPRESSED INTEREST IN REGISTERING WILL RECEIVE THEIR EMAIL ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27TH. The link to register, costs and detailed information will be included in that email. In the meantime, please refer to our website for this years information, as it has been recently updated. This event is likely to sell out fast, so watch your inbox and if you are interested but have not notified us to include you, please email email@example.com to be added to the email list before Monday. A free agent submission form will be opened for this event on our website beginning Feb.1st for managers looking to add to their rosters or interested players who don’t already have a team.
ROY HOBBS FOUNDATION APPRECIATES YOUR SUPPORT
The Roy Hobbs Foundation December fund-raising appeal raised more than $2000, and brought our 2020 efforts to the $15,000 mark for the 4th consecutive year. Thank you so much for your support!
And, in December, that was all allocated to the organizations we are committed to assist, including the Leukemia Moonshots research at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, St. Judes Children’s Hospital in Memphis, 3 Challenger groups in Lee and Broward Counties in Florida, the
Harry Chapin Food Bank, the Fort Myers Community Cooperative, which feeds homebound citizens and the Adult Abuse Treatment center in Fort Myers.
Thank you again for helping us to support these important and worthy organizations!
If you know of a player who should be “Spotlighted” in our newsletter, send us the story and a photo and we’ll consider them for an upcoming issue.
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Glenn passes along a story that our players will appreciate.
“He Just Wanted to Play Catch.”
Read the full article HERE
GET YOUR RH GEAR! Cool shirts, awesome equipment and other items you wish you had.
WHEN YOU’RE READY TO MAKE YOUR PLANS FOR THE 2021 SUNSHINE CLASSIC OR WORLD SERIES, WE CAN HELP WITH ACCOMMODATIONS AND MORE!
Let RHBB and the Lee County Sports Organizing Committee help you get that taken care of! Click below for the SOC link.
Information on lodging is currently
available for our Feb. division dates; check back for March dates soon.
PLEASE PATRONIZE OUR HOTEL SPONSOR-PARTNERS HERE
YOU CAN STILL GET A ROY HOBBS LOGO WASHABLE MASK!
Six logos to choose from and all come with filters. Cost is $20 each, including shipping, with 15% of proceeds going to the Roy Hobbs Foundation. Take a 10% discount when purchasing multiple masks.
CLICK HERE to get the details and order yours! OR visit the Roy Hobbs Pro Shop during the 2021 Sunshine Classic. Quantities
are limited, so order your’s today and thank you on behalf of the Foundation!
MVP MEDAL MAILINGS
Attention all WS MVPs who turned in their medals for engraving: The engraved medals have been returned to us, proofed and have been mailed out to the players. Please be advised that these are being sent USPS First Class; HOWEVER, we’ve been told that the US Postal Service is running 6-8 weeks behind in some areas of the country in all levels of mail. We ask that you please be patient and trust that they will arrive as soon as possible. Thank you!
A Line Up Card of our scheduled events that can keep you on the field all year!
Did our roving Social Media Guru, Meg, catch YOU at one of our events?
Take a look at some of our “Faces of the Family” from the 2020 RHWS
FIND YOUR PASSION
What’s ours? Baseball, sure…but we’re also invested in Challenger Baseball and the Fight Against Cancer!
THANK YOU HELPING US SUPPORT SOME VERY WORTHY ORGANIZATIONS IN 2020!
Some guys have a different view of the Game. We know our RHUA Umps like to be in on the calls we’re making at our events. View our updated RHUA page and keep yourselves up-to-date on our rules, opportunities and more.
ARE YOU “TRUE BLUE”? Check out our updated interactive feature and test your rules knowledge. New scenarios in every newsletter.
YOU MAKE THE CALL>
A list of teammates who have departed this life but are with us in spirit.
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