Hunter Courson Brings the Spirit of Play for James to Pro Baseball


Hunter Courson was a two-time collegiate league All-Star who James coached on the Monmouth Monarchs in the Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League (ABCCL). They shared a passion for baseball that grew into a friendship and in turn became a relationship that both young men described as a brotherhood. With James’ passing, it was Hunter who … Continue reading Hunter Courson Brings the Spirit of Play for James to Pro Baseball

Run for James “Shows” Us the Money in His First Race


Run for James finished a very respectable third place in his first start at Philly’s Parx Racetrack on May 15. Despite being bumped at the start of the race and running into a stiff wind. Run for James took the lead and set a strong pace while the ultimate winner of the race drafted behind … Continue reading Run for James “Shows” Us the Money in His First Race

The Big Day at the “Big A” Gets Closer for Run for James


Our last report had our favorite thoroughbred, Run for James, arriving at New York’s Aqueduct Racetrack and prepping for his first start at the legendary park in a few weeks. According to his owner and Play for James Foundation director, Alan Furst, Run for James is “doing fantastic” in training and showing potential championship form. … Continue reading The Big Day at the “Big A” Gets Closer for Run for James

College Baseball with a Heart


Monarch Vets

(Photo caption) Shown from left to right: Noah Rizio, Christian Estevez, Tyler Pavone, Luis Hidalgo, Matt Meleo, Joe Santigate, Joe Iacobellis and Jake Voss. With the summer baseball season just around the corner, it seems fitting that we remember James in a way he’d surely appreciate and enjoy. Pictured above are some of James’ former players … Continue reading College Baseball with a Heart

Run for James: A Guaranteed Winner… with Your Help


Run For James

Several months ago we told you about Run for James, a then 2-year-old thoroughbred owned by two of our Directors, Alan Furst and Michael Harrison. As Alan and Michael admitted at the time, they generally have a hard time naming their racehorses, but not this one. “Knowing James, his spirit, his will to win and … Continue reading Run for James: A Guaranteed Winner… with Your Help

Play for James Foundation Names New Directors


The Play for James Foundation has named nine new members to its Board of Directors. The group includes: Mr. David Boccia Mr. William Castner Dr. Alan Furst, MD Mr. Michael Harrison, Esq. Mr. Sean Meehan Mr. Robert Pavone Ms. Diana Pikulski, Esq. Mr. Joseph Santigate Mr. Greg Thompson, Esq. “We’re thrilled to have these exceptional … Continue reading Play for James Foundation Names New Directors

Hoop dreams meet today’s realities


The James P. Koehler Memorial Scholarship at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey was the very first charitable outreach undertaken by the Play for James Foundation. The connection between James and the school began with sports, but not the one you might expect. Although he became a professional baseball player, as a … Continue reading Hoop dreams meet today’s realities