The Junior Grizzlies, a non-competitive baseball league for athletes with mental and physical disabilities, is the flagship program of the Fresno Grizzlies Community Fund. The league will celebrate its seventh season in 2013, with registration for the new campaign now open!
The season starts with a Spring Training Jamboree on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013. The regular season starts on April 6th and runs until June 1st.
The 2013 season registration form can be found here, along with the season waiver here. Please mail or fax both the registration form and waiver to:
Fresno Grizzlies Community Fund
1800 Tulare St.
Fresno, CA 93721
Fax: (559) 264-0795
More than 110 participants from all over the Central Valley competed in the Junior Grizzlies in 2012. The season started in April, and the athletes played their final game with the entire Fresno Grizzlies roster of players and coaches at Chukchansi Park on June 24th.
While the final game was played at Chukchansi Park, all other games are played at the "Field of Dreams." In 2007, the Grizzlies Community Fund built the "Field of Dreams" for the Junior Grizzlies. This special baseball diamond is made out of a rubberized surface that is safe for all participants. The Grizzlies partnered with Clovis Unified School District and Granite Construction to build the one of-a-kind field at Gateway High School, located at Herndon and Sunnyside in Clovis.
The field, which ultimately cost close to $500,000 to build, was made possible by support from Fansler Foundation, SC Johnson, and St. Agnes Medical Center. In addition to using the field for all Junior Grizzlies games and practices, the field is utilized by CUSD for special education classes and district events.
For more information regarding the Junior Grizzlies program, please contact Whitney Campbell by email or phone at (559) 320-2547.