THIS IS OUR Legacy!
Our founder, Frank Frangie, grew up in an era of baseball that included some of the baseball greats like Hank Aaron, Joe Morgan, Reggie Jackson, Willie Stargell, Rod Carew and many more. Back then, baseball was truly America's past-time with African American players representing over 25% of all major leaguers.
Today, African American representation in MLB is hovering around 7%. Efforts are being made by MLB, the MLBPA, and others to combat this decline, yet there is more work to be done. We believe our part in that work starts at the youth level, getting young people introduced and playing baseball within urban and underserved communities.
We exist to provide all youth the opportunity to learn and play the sport of baseball..For youth that desire more than just an introduction, we strive to offer additional opportunities for development, experience, and exposure as they mature into adulthood. We believe that through baseball we can teach youth many life lessons and skills that prepare them for life.
BASEBALL WAS, IS, AND Always
WILL BE, TO ME, THE BEST GAME IN THE WORLD.
- Babe Ruth -
Over 6,000 third grade students have attended our clinics and recieved a free baseball glove, thanks to our partnership with Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) and top area coaches.
Through partnerships with the city of Jacksonville, corporate and private donations, we have been able to invest over $600,000 in field renovations and facility upgrades.
Partnerships with 14+ local parks/leagues to assist in creating a better league experience for participants.
In partnership with Duval County Public Schools, Walk Off hosts clinics for third grade students from around Jacksonville. Overall, more than 1,200 children go through the program each school year teaching them to field, throw, pitch and hit while receiving their own glove to keep on top of a hot dog lunch.
In partnership with youth athletic associations and local baseball/softball programs across Jacksonville, Walk Off organizes and operates leagues for over 1,000 youth year-round ages 4-18 years old. Leagues operate during Spring, Summer, and Fall.
From our annual preseason High School Baseball Classic to other youth events, Walk Off creates memorable moments for players of all ages.
Walk Off’s Scout Team is designed to give minority high school players the opportunity to showcase their skills through a series of summer tournaments in the southeast, with the hopes of getting players seen by college coaches and pro scouts.
Walk Off is committed to helping youth baseball facilities improve. An important part of increasing participation is creating safe spaces to play. All youth deserve to play on a quality playing surface.
Thanks to generous equipment donations, Walk Off has been able to repurpose used equipment and purchase new equipment to help youth organizations both here in Jacksonville and other parts of the world.