Eric Wedge hosts second annual leadership luncheon

64 student athletes from 16 area high schools were recognized for their leadership at the second annual Wedge Foundation Leadership Awards Luncheon today (Friday, January 25, 2019).

Posted: Jan 25, 2019 11:34 PM
Updated: Dec 23, 2019 12:22 PM

64 student athletes from 16 area high schools were recognized for their leadership at the second annual Wedge Foundation Leadership Awards Luncheon today (Friday, January 25, 2019). Male and female high school juniors were nominated by their school’s Athletic Director to receive this recognition of their leadership on and off the playing field. Only four athletes from each school were selected for this honor. A complete list of recipients is attached.

The Wedge Foundation was established by Fort Wayne native Eric Wedge and his wife Kate as a way to give back to the communities that have invested in Eric’s life, especially Fort Wayne. The Foundation particularly supports agencies that serve at-risk women and children. It also provides a platform for Eric to encourage young athletes that there is more to life than sports.

“Winning on the playing field is great, but leadership matters because it increases the positive impact someone’s life can make. I hope this award inspires this year’s recipients to continue to be difference makers, using their influence to positively impact those around them at home, at school, in their community, and in the world,” Wedge said.

Eric Wedge is an inspiring and proven leader, as evidenced in his career at many levels of sports, starting as a High School State Champion with Northrop High School and College World Series Champion with Wichita State University. Wedge was the American League Manager of the Year in 2007. Currently, Eric is Field Coordinator in charge of all minor league teams, staff, and players on the field for the Toronto Blue Jays. His professional career includes being a Catcher for the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies, and serving as a Major League Manager with the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners. Wedge has also served as an analyst on the popular ESPN Baseball Tonight program.

Wedge was the featured speaker at the awards luncheon. Also speaking were “Mr. Mad Ant,” Ron Howard, who played for Fort Wayne’s professional basketball team (2007-2014), and is currently Community Development Director for the Mad Ants, and Dr. Jason Russell, Executive Director of Optimum Performance Sports (OPS).

The Leadership Luncheon was organized by World Baseball Academy and hosted at its ASH Centre athletic facility, 1701 Freeman Street in Fort Wayne. Optimum Performance Sports (OPS) was the Event Sponsor, which featured lunch by Fort Wayne’s Casa Ristorante Italiano.

Eric Wedge will be busy at the ASH Centre tomorrow too. The 15th annual Eric Wedge Baseball Camp will be held from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday, January 26. More than 250 boys and girls will participate in this day filled with baseball skills training and lessons for life on and off the playing field. Eric donates his time to lead this camp, proceeds of which benefit World Baseball Academy, a not-for-profit organization.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 69255

Reported Deaths: 2996
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion15029724
Lake7139273
Elkhart463077
Allen3662158
St. Joseph320379
Hamilton2543104
Hendricks1774105
Vanderburgh176312
Cass17549
Johnson1667118
Porter120939
Tippecanoe111811
Clark110945
Madison86265
LaPorte84329
Howard82465
Kosciusko82213
Bartholomew74847
Marshall74422
Floyd71845
Monroe69530
Delaware65452
Boone64446
Dubois64312
Noble63729
Hancock62838
Jackson5544
LaGrange54610
Warrick52830
Shelby52226
Vigo50910
Grant50729
Dearborn47328
Morgan43732
Henry36418
Clinton3603
White34710
Montgomery34221
Wayne33410
Lawrence33127
Decatur31832
Harrison30022
Miami2592
Scott25210
Daviess24919
Greene24034
Putnam2338
Franklin22911
DeKalb2214
Jennings21312
Jasper2102
Gibson2024
Steuben2013
Ripley1907
Perry17212
Orange16424
Starke1647
Fayette1627
Wabash1613
Posey1600
Jefferson1522
Carroll1482
Whitley1486
Fulton1472
Knox1340
Wells1342
Huntington1193
Tipton1176
Washington1171
Spencer1123
Newton11110
Randolph1074
Clay1015
Adams822
Owen821
Jay810
Rush804
Sullivan781
Pulaski711
Brown701
Fountain642
Benton600
Blackford552
Ohio514
Parke481
Pike470
Crawford440
Switzerland430
Martin420
Vermillion420
Union330
Warren191
Unassigned0202

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 95106

Reported Deaths: 3570
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin17404515
Cuyahoga12881482
Hamilton9248248
Lucas5035319
Montgomery409280
Summit3338217
Marion289644
Butler274360
Mahoning2437253
Pickaway236542
Stark1713137
Warren166935
Lorain165077
Columbiana158360
Trumbull1451105
Fairfield126427
Delaware121918
Licking115844
Clark109214
Lake105436
Wood95458
Clermont85911
Medina84833
Miami78137
Tuscarawas75614
Portage72460
Allen66742
Greene63511
Belmont59026
Richland54712
Ashtabula54445
Erie53527
Geauga53544
Mercer53513
Wayne50858
Ross4194
Huron3784
Ottawa36125
Athens3501
Sandusky34317
Darke34126
Madison33610
Hancock3332
Holmes3226
Auglaize2265
Lawrence2250
Union2221
Jefferson2103
Muskingum1991
Scioto1991
Putnam19817
Washington19822
Coshocton1856
Knox1857
Preble1722
Crawford1685
Seneca1673
Shelby1644
Morrow1602
Clinton1536
Hardin15312
Champaign1502
Fulton1411
Highland1361
Ashland1333
Defiance1324
Logan1302
Wyandot1257
Williams1243
Brown1181
Guernsey1127
Hocking1119
Carroll1105
Perry1093
Henry1081
Fayette1020
Monroe9118
Pike700
Van Wert701
Jackson680
Paulding620
Gallia581
Adams562
Vinton302
Meigs260
Harrison211
Morgan200
Noble160
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 66°
Angola
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 63°
Huntington
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 62°
Decatur
Broken Clouds
63° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 63°
Van Wert
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 63°
Warmer Thursday
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events