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 is pleased to announce baseball players Sam Bustamente, Kavi Pandya and Dawson Cleveland, and softball player Makayla Cox as winners of the fourth annual Middle School Match Up – Keeper of The Game Leadership Awards.
Bustamente is the 8th grade winner from Wester Middle School in Frisco ISD, Pandya is the 7th grade winner from Robinson Middle School in Plano ISD and Dawson is the 6th grade winner from Draper Middle School in Wylie ISD. Cox – the first ever softball winner of the award – represents Pearson Middle School in FISD as a 7th grade winner.
“Congratulations to Sam, Kavi, Dawson and Makayla on their selection as Middle School Matchup – Keeper of The Game Leadership Award winners,” Keeper of The Game Executive Director Bryan Hoctor said. “I am extremely impressed by their leadership skills on and off the field. They love their sport, teammates and community. They are all without a doubt, Keepers of The Game.”
Hoctor will present the student-athletes their awards during an on-the-field ceremony at Dr Pepper Ballpark on Friday, June 29 before the Frisco RoughRiders host the Springfield Cardinals (presentation at approximately 6:45 p.m.).
Middle School Match Up, which was held in the Dallas area on Nov. 11-12, is a one-weekend tournament where middle school students can play baseball and softball, representing their respective middle schools. The event allows student-athletes to compete for school pride and bragging rights despite not having an organized school team until high school.
Coaches are able to nominate players for the Middle School Matchup – Keeper of The Game Leadership Award.
If you would like to see these students-athlete receive their awards and sit in the Keeper section during the game, please contact RoughRiders Premium Group Sales Manager Monica Man at 972.334.1938 or To learn more about Middle School Match Up, click here.

Middle School Match Up – Keeper of The Game Leadership Award
All-Time Winners
8th Grade: Sam Bustamente, Wester Middle School
7th Grade: Kavi Pandya, Robinson Middle School
6th Grade: Dawson Cleveland, Draper Middle School
Softball: Makayla Cox, 7th Grade, Pearson Middle School
8th Grade: Cade Hill, Willow Springs Middle School
7th Grade: Max Compton, Wester Middle School
6th Grade: Bennett Fryman, Trent Middle School
8th Grade: Liam Quinn, Stafford Middle School
7th Grade: Gannon Brown, Pioneer Heritage Middle School
6th Grade: Marco Lavrinovich, Renner Middle School
8th Grade: Greg May, Wester Middle School
7th Grade: Adam Eggleston, Aubrey Middle School
6th Grade: Landon Turner, Staley Middle School



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Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith

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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