Official Leadership Program

Official Leadership Program

There is a growing crisis across the country with a shortage of sports officials impacting all youth sports.

Through the Official Leadership Program, UMPS CARE will be part of the solution to this ongoing problem by providing leadership skills and employment opportunities for underserved youth.

Major League Baseball Umpires want to inspire the next generation of officials to enter the profession they love.

For this reason, UMPS CARE Charities is launching the Official Leadership Program to encourage, engage and mentor teens and train them to work games. The course includes Social Emotional Learning classes, focusing on leadership, mentorship and sportsmanship, in addition to umpiring mechanics in field classes. Our pilot programs will launch at MLB Youth Academies in Washington, D.C., and Houston and the DREAM Charter School in New York in June 2021.

Our unique, 6-week course uses the lens of baseball to develop leadership qualities for students, connect them with employment opportunities and to mentor them through the process of becoming an official and beyond.

In addition, we will provide connections with Major League Baseball Umpires so students can hear their stories and learn from their journeys. The National Baseball Hall of Fame also will provide a virtual tour of its amazing baseball memorabilia, including some special items from umpires.

We are partnering with Minor League Baseball UmpireJen Pawol, and her established Evolve Junior Umpire Program to teach students umpire mechanics. By the end of this course, students will be ready to confidently officiate baseball and softball games.

We are grateful for the support of The National Baseball Hall of Fame, FineMark Bank & Trust, Jen Pawol and Evolve 2 Excellence, Jim Joyce, Jim Kirk and his team at Ump-Attire.com, Big League Chew, Malachi Moore, the team at the DREAM Charter School, the staffs at the MLB Youth Academies in Washington, D.C., and in Houston, Tim Kiefer of MIBTonline.com, and educators Jennifer Tumpane and Tom Dolan for their guidance in making this program a reality.

UMPS CARE WISHES TO THANK

Official Leadership Program Supporters

National Baseball Hall of Fame

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FineMark National Bank & Trust

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Evolve2Excellence

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Major League Baseball Umpire Association

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Ump-Attire.com 

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Big League Chew 

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MIBTonline.com 

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