Keeper of The Game

“The mission of Keeper of The Game is to provide kids and young adults with special needs and disabilities unique baseball experiences that foster the growth of those individuals and their love of baseball. Keeper of The Game promotes programs that allow these athletes to play, watch and experience baseball at a very personal level. This is all done with a focus on advancing servant leadership.”


FRISCO, Texas – The Keeper of The Game Foundation and Pastime Training Center teamed up together for the fourth consecutive year for the Strike Out Hunger Food Drive to benefit the Frisco Family Services Food Pantry. The event resulted in a record-setting 2,970 pounds of non-perishable food items donated, which is a greater total than the previous three campaigns combined.
The donations have already helped provide countless meals during this holiday season for less fortunate individuals and families in the Frisco community.
“We are so grateful for our caring community members who made this year’s Strike Out Hunger Food Drive possible,” Frisco Family Services Volunteer Services Manager Elaine Smith-Poyourow said. “We were able to provide our neighbors in crisis with a turkey and everything needed to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal in the comfort of their own homes, as well as put food on the pantry shelves​.”
The annual four-week food drive also includes toiletries. All in all, 4,145 items were donated from Oct. 14-Nov. 12. In four years, more than 5,000 pounds of food has been provided to Frisco Family Services. The totals have increased each year.
“Community isn’t about where we live, but who we are,” Smith-Poyourow added. “Thank you to Keeper of the Game and Pastime Training Center for truly being community members that care.”
The event also serves as a competition between all Frisco ISD baseball teams to see who can donate the most items. Liberty High School, which is coached by Scott McGarrh, took home the trophy and won a pizza party from Keeper of The Game supporter Durkin’s Pizza.
Each team had representatives at Pastime Training Center – the primary drop-off location – on collection day (Nov. 14) to help load the Frisco Family Services truck. A group then traveled to the food pantry to unload the donations.
“It was another great year for the Strike Out Hunger Food Drive,” Keeper of The Game Founder James Vilade said. “The support of the local high school baseball teams was truly amazing. Each year we are able to help more and more families in need during the holiday season. We look forward to partnering with Jason Jennings and Pastime Training Center again next year to continue our mission of striking out hunger.”
Jennings was just as thrilled with the results, and is also looking forward to next year.
“Our Frisco community came up huge with 2,970 pounds of food,” said Jennings, who is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. “I am very proud of our Frisco ISD baseball teams and the work they put in to make this year’s Strike Out Hunger Food Drive such a success. Hopefully next year we can top the 3,000 pound mark!”
To learn about more ways to help Frisco Family Services, click here.
To see a photo gallery of the Strike Out Hunger Food Drive collection day, click here.




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Keeper of The Game Founder James Vilade introduced Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith to our foundation before Oklahoma State’s opening game at the NCAA Men’s College World Series in Omaha, Neb., on June 18. To see more pictures of current and former Major League Baseball players wearing KoTG gear, click here.


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Donating online is a simple way to help provide unique baseball experiences for kids and young adults with special needs and disabilities. If desired, you may choose specific programming for your funds to be used for. We are a 501(c)3 designated non-profit organization. To make a donation to Keeper of The Game, click here.




Keeper of The Game would like to sincerely thank Rock & Brews in The Colony (Texas) for hosting our foundation for its soft-opening charity night on March 11, 2016. The event completely sold out. A huge thank you also goes to all our supporters for helping make this one of our biggest fundraisers. To see a photo gallery of the event, click here.


Keeper of The Game was thrilled to partner with the College Sports Information Directors of America for their #CoSIDA16 community service event with The Miracle League of Frisco on June 14, 2016 in Frisco. To see a photo gallery, click here. To see a video, click here.

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is a proud supporter of The Miracle League of Frisco. Recently, Keeper of The Game purchased three new wheelchairs for The Miracle League of Frisco. To learn more, click here.

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is a proud supporter of The Miracle League of DFW. Each year Keeper of The Game assists The Miracle League of DFW by providing specialty baseballs and equipment to athletes. To learn more, click here.



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