Hillsboro Hops Fund
Hillsboro Hops Fund at the Hillsboro Community Foundation
"The purpose of the Hillsboro Hops Fund is to develop and establish a community benefits program, the purpose of which is to promote, foster and support education, health, culture and youth activities including activities for underprivileged youth, in the greater Hillsboro area."
The Hillsboro Hops established the Hillsboro Hops Fund, a donor advised fund within the Hillsboro Community Foundation, upon the franchise's relocation to Hillsboro with the hope of impacting the surrounding community, specifically the youth of Hillsboro and Washington County. The projects put forth by the Fund will be a vital part of the Hops' Community Benefits Program.
After careful consideration, the Hops have decided to use the money raised in the Fund to refurbish youth baseball fields in Hillsboro using synthetic turf and allowing for year-round public use. Upon seeing firsthand in Hillsboro how many youth baseball and softball games were forced to be cancelled due to weather and poor field conditions, the Hops decided the need for synthetic turf youth fields is a great one. Due in part to the large number of cancellations, youth baseball and softball participation has fallen in recent years and the Hops hope to encourage Hillsboro kids to stick with baseball and softball as they get older, and hope the new fields will help turn this trend around.
In searching for the first project location, the Hops viewed several youth fields, both public and Hillsboro School District fields, keeping several criteria in mind including the location of the field: the surrounding neighborhood, the accessibility to the public, and the background of the youth that would become primary users of the completed field. After a thorough search, the Hops decided that the first refurbishment project will take place at Evergreen Middle School under principal Rian Petrick. The field is large enough to accommodate a little league size field and a possible second backstop on the opposite corner. When not used for baseball, the excessive turf area would be ideal for not only gym classes for Evergreen's students, but after school recreation programs and public use.
"The Hops held an inaugural banquet in April featuring the 2014 coaching staff of manager J.R. House, pitching coach Doug Drabek, hitting coach Mark Grace, and consultant Ben Petrick, to jump start fundraising efforts for 2014. View the Photo Gallery HERE. The Hops plan to hold several more events over the coming year to continue raising funds for the Evergreen project and look forward to educating fans at 2014 home games on this project and the purpose of the Fund. The Hops wish to thank the community of Hillsboro and those who have already donated for their support and ask all Hops fans to help us make this dream a reality!"
Donations to the Hops Fund are tax deductible. Checks made out to the "Hillsboro Community Foundation" (MEMO "Hillsboro Hops Fund") can be delivered to our ballpark office or mailed to:
Hillsboro Hops Fund
4460 NW 229th Avenue
Hillsboro, OR 97124.
Cash donations are also accepted at the ballpark.