Junior Patriots…developing better players and future leaders through strategy, skill, confidence and mentorship.
Our history began in the fall of 2009, as a small group of motivated parents began to discuss how to provide a more dynamic baseball experience for players, ages 13-15 years. Many factors played into this, including a decline in the quality of baseball overall and also a movement of baseball programs designed only for select baseball players. An additional concern was that players from the Appleton East district were not getting the quality baseball instruction they deserved. This was a problem with an available solution. Also apparent at the time was an overwhelming desire to play competitive baseball outside of the Appleton area, playing against other programs within the Fox Valley region. Thus, the decision was made to form the Appleton East Jr. Patriots!
During the early planning stages of how to design the program, the founding group believed that baseball was a gateway to other things that our players would encounter in life. What became apparent in early discussions was that a rigorous baseball practice and game schedule was important, but more important was the desire to build character and mentor our future community leaders. Volunteerism along with charitable and community support was a goal and soon became what our mission statement was built upon. Our players and parents alike began the tradition of partnering with numerous established community organizations including The Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries and several other civic groups along the way.
In the spring of 2010, the Jr. Patriots Baseball program began play in the Tri-County league, now named the Fox Valley Youth Baseball League. Our program fielded five total teams of 58 players that played on (2) 13U teams, (2) 14U teams and one 15U team. Since that inaugural season, we have increased our participation and have fielded (2) teams at each level of competition. Each season our program has had teams compete in the league playoffs and along the way have won numerous tournaments from Escanaba, MI. to Shiocton, WI. Much credit is given to the many coaches and parents who have given their time and talents to bring success to the program.
By 2011, the program became a 501(c)(3) non-profit, an IRS-approved charitable organization. Still today we live up to our mission statement and take pride with what our founders envisioned for this organization to become. With the help of our sponsors, parents and community, we have become the pride of the Appleton community and will continue to represent the East district for years to come.