Joe Morales Bonnie Boys Club (1973-1976). I will never forget the opportunity the BB Club gave me to play the game I loved. The Bonnie's represented what growing up in New York was all about. They provided the environment to learn, play and experience the game of baseball.
The Bonnie teams I played on were the most racially diversified teams I would play on until I entered professional baseball and we played winning Championship baseball. Thanks to Coach Katzke's dedication and continued commitment to the kids and the organization. He was ,unbeknownst to him, my MVP. I had teammates that I established friendships with from high schools and neighborhoods throughout NYC. It was an honor and a privilege to be associated with the BBC. I can say that as a youth I had my vision of playing in the Major Leagues one day. The reality, I have lived a Bonnie Life,
attending and playing Division 1 college baseball, received a college degree, went on to play pro ball and have been very successful in my life and career in law enforcement. I can truly say it stems from my time getting prepared on the ball field , allowed me to be prepared for the journey of life. Thank you BBC. May god continue to bless an organization that builds ball players to become succesful players in the game of life. Thank you to the Bonnie Family for all that you have done for NYC youth ballplayers and kids. I'm sorry for recent loss to the Bonnie Family. Their blessings are truly waiting them in heaven.
With sincere and much appreciation , Joe Morales (Lafayette H.S -Bensonhurst Brooklyn)
I remember the day I tried out to join the Bonnie Youth Club. Everyone was so excited to play baseball that when the coach hit a ball to the outfield during practice, everyone on the team ran to the outfield to retrieve the ball. We had no discipline. Our coach instantly stopped play and used the time to teach us why our approach would not work. His knowledge of the game commanded respect.
The Bonnie organization instills discipline in its players through its coaches by way of example. Bonnie coaches are not only good coaches who know how to create good baseball players but they are good, responsible people who, through their example, help create good, responsible individuals.
Bonnie coaches don’t get paid for their time; however, throughout the year they teach responsibility by always showing up and being available to their players. At times they provide personal advice. For players who don’t have both parents in the home, this interaction is critical. I always remembered Bonnie coaches to be positive role models. For some of us, being a positive role model was the most important contribution these coaches made to our lives.
-- Sean Fairweather
I heard about the Bonnies when my brother inlaw played for them but did not believed what they stand for. But after my son started playing for the organization at the age of four years old and I got involved by helping coach more and more I realized what they really stand for. I started helping as much as I can to make a different and help them achieved their main goal which is for every players that come thru the organization optain the opportunity to attend some of the top schools in the country. I have seing so much success in the eight years that I have been involved, this baseball organization is like no other. I can not see my son playing for any other organization! I thank the Bonnies for giving me the chance to get incolved in this great mission.
The Bonnie Youth Club is a place where our youth can come and really learn the game of baseball at very high level. There have been many kids from the Bonnie Youth Club who are in great schools, colleges, and professions because of the positive impact of this youth club. There are numerous coaches and administrators who volunteer many hours of their time at no charge. The Bonnie Youth Club is a place that is truly needed in our community. Volunteer/Parent Anthony Hewitt
In the early 90's I was a college age player for the Bonnies. They allowed me to develop as a player and an individual and never asked for anything nor pressured players that struggled economically. Fast forward twenty years to the present and its my pleasure to give back and support an organization that gave me so much without asking for anything in return. The organization is run by selfless professionals that truly care and its my honor to serve on their advisory board.
The Bonnie Youth Club is an amazing organization supporting the young urban youth. Focusing on the academics as well as the athletics.
This organzation has help me grow as a person. I have played baseball with them for 8 yrs and now my son plays with them. They help you grow as a student ahtlete and as a person. I would recommend the bonnie youth club to anyone who is looking for a great organaztion to grow with.
My sons have been playing with the Bonnies since they were 5 an 7 years old. I am proud to say they are still playing for the Bonnies 10 years later. They have learned how to play the game the correct way and have become great teammates. I am proud that my sons has stayed with the Bonnies and will continue to play with them for many years to come.
The Bonnies have been great to my son. He has made life time friends from this organization. The Bonnies have provided great opportunities for my son not only baseball but academics as well. The coaches have been great role models and have taught my son to fight hard for what he want to accomplish in life.
I have 2 sons that are a part of this wonderful organization. The Bonnie Youth Club has provided an opportunity for young boys to learn America's greatest pastime. Through baseball my sons have learned the importance of working hard, striving to be their best and other life lessons that will prepare them to be great men. I believe the opportunities that this organization provides for young people will carry them along way in life. My sons have been exposed to other cultures and other parts of the country thanks to their experiences with the Bonnie Youth Club. It's a great place to be.
This wonderful organization has my support because a makes a tremendous impact on the lives of young men in NYC. It helps them gain valuable life lessons and gives them an outlet in which to play the sport they love--- baseball. The volunteers in this organization offer guidance and support to these young men throughout their lives. As a testament to the impact this organization has many of the young men return as volunteers to pat it forward.
I've been involved with the BYC since 1980 and have found the entire experience extremely important, rewarding and worthwhile. Every year this organization helps hundreds of young people grow by providing them with positive alternatives to the many negative things going on when they're not at home or in school. The sports program and other extra-curricular activites, like trips and high school and college placement programs, point them in right direction. Many join as early as age 5 and are still with the program when they reach 21. The huge list of the clubs college graduates and distinguished alumni prove this. Everyone envolved with the program are volunteers and many of the current staff are kids that grew up "Bonnies", and then returned to give back. We need more nonprofit organizations like the BYC!
At the age of 5, my son, Gil, joined the Bonnie Youth Club as an instructional league player. For nine consecutive seasons Gil has learned the game of baseball from a cohort of knowledgeable and dedicated coaches. He has gained a skill set which simply would have been beyond reach with another organization. Bonnie baseball is a way of life--there is code of conduct and an exacting level of commitment that is required. This cultivated discipline carries over into school life and the academic world. Bonnie ballplayers strive for excellence on the baseball field and in the classroom. Gil and his teammates are together whether they win or lose. They support each other through their success and failure. Their collective effort in the competitive world of youth baseball is the template for lifelong friendships.
I was a member of the Bonnie Boy Club for a few seasons, but in that short period of time, I was able to not only take my game to another level, but more importantly, I was able to make some great friends and memories that will last a lifetime. Thirteen years later, I still look back to our road to the World Series as one of the greatest summers of my life. Not only were the coaches/volunteers great baseball minds, they were even better leaders/role models to follow for young men of all ages. They encouraged hard work, discipline, respect, and accountability; key elements in the game of baseball, and in the game of life. This organization created, molded, and refined some of the city's finest baseball players and finest young men, and adults; myself included.
My name is Alejandro Brown and I am currently an active player and coach with the Bonnie organization. The Bonnie organization not only saved my life but the lives of many inner city kids. They provide a structure for many of us. A good sense of directon not to mention a discipline that is needed to survive in the everyday world. So I would definitely recommend this organization to any parent if they want their kids to continue to become better young men and young women. Also have fun and win some championships in the process.
Joining the Bonnie's is an introduction to a support system that lasts all through your life. Great friendships are forged and the commaraderie that is fostered by this organization is outstanding! So many who have joined any one of their clubs have so enjoyed this non-profit that they have returned to sign up their children; and for some now, even their grandchildren. Please lend your support to keep the Bonnies!
Being one of Joe Bonnie's daughters, I pretty much grew up at the Parade Ground while my dad was coaching! For over six decades The Bonnie Youth Club has been keeping kids off the streets and out of trouble. The focus is not only about the sport but also "hitting the books". This helps mold it's player's minds and sets the foundation for them to have a chance at a successful future!! Being a player also gives them a sense of belonging to something and even a second family!!!
I first joined the Bonnie Youth Club as a baseball player back in 1962 at the age of 14 years old. After playing with the Bonnies for a few years, I became a manager with the organization in 1966 and have been with the organization ever since as a manager, coach, Athletic Director and President of the organization. Over the years I have seen many players of all ages join the organization, develop their athletic skills as well as their sense of sportsmanship and fair play and go on to be successful in High School and College both on and off the field and graduate and become solid citizens of the community. Many of them have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, policemen and firemen as well as professional baseball players. Many of them have returned to the organization as managers and coaches who are now volunteering their time to help the next generation of Bonnie players become successful. In many cases the organization has provided top quality athletic, recreational and educational activities for 3 and 4 generations of the same family. The organization has continued to grow and become stronger over the years. I look back with a great deal of pride at what the organization has accomplished over the last 63 years, and with the help of all of our wonderful volunteers we are committed to keeping the Bonnie Youth Club going strong for many years to come.
I was introduced to the Bonnie Youth Club some 25 years ago when my sons joined the club to learn to play baseball. They not only learned the game, they learned, teamwork, volunteerism, sportsmanship, how to be student athletes and they made lifelong friends. As a parent I not only bonded with other adults but also ended up becoming a mentor and volunteer myself. The club helps inner city youth travel, balance school and books and hone their skills on the ballfield. There are so many young people who are touched by the work being done by the Bonnie Youth Club that now there are generations of ballplayers who can call the Bonnies home. The club's longevity is a testament to the good work they do for our kids.