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FORE! The First Annual ABCCL Coaches Care Golf Classic Gets Off to a Rousing Start


Manalapan, NJ, October 17 — Early this morning, over 50 baseball coaches, players, former players and friends took a welcome day off from their busy schedules for an exciting round of golf, dining and fun at the first-ever ABCCL Coaches Care Golf Classic. The crisp, bright sunny morning promised a great day at the beautiful … Continue reading FORE! The First Annual ABCCL Coaches Care Golf Classic Gets Off to a Rousing Start

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 Crushes the Field in his Second Start


After a strong third place finish in the first race of his career, the Foundation’s “official” thoroughbred racer, Run for James blasted his way to a big win in just his second outing. Run for James led wire-to-wire in the one mile contest at Parx Racetrack in Pennsylvania on June 5. With jockey Angel Arroyo … Continue reading Run for James Crushes the Field in his Second Start

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

Kids Pay the Price as St. Anthony High School Faces It’s Worst Fears


Barring a last minute financial windfall, it appears that St. Anthony High School in Jersey City will be forced to close its door at the end of the current school year. The school has been a recipient of the Play for James Foundation’s James P. Koehler Memorial Scholarship award since 2016. This is a terrible … Continue reading Kids Pay the Price as St. Anthony High School Faces It’s Worst Fears

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