Our roundup of the latest Natick, Mass., sports-related news:
Redhawk Foundation donates $24K
The Redhawk Foundation has donated $24,000 in grants to a handful of Natick youth-focused organizations thanks to funds raised at its Redhawk Cup golf event held in August of 2021 as well as through private and corporate donations.
Groups benefiting include:
Natick Soccer Club
Natick Little League Youth Baseball and Softball
Natick Comets Youth Hockey
The sold-out 2022 Redhawk Cup is slated for Monday, Aug. 1 at Framingham Country Club at 1pm.
The Redhawk Foundation provides financial support to youth-focused organizations in Natick. Funds can be used toward registration fees, equipment upgrades, and improvement of fields and facilities.
The Foundation was formed last year as a a fund of the Foundation for MetroWest by Jessica and Mike Allain and Natalie and Pete Warren, all of Natick.
Pete Warren says the Foundation has already made a significant impact, allowing kids to play sports and get involved in other activities even if their families have financial challenges. “This is good for their physical, social, and emotional health. They learn how to lose, how to be good winners and good sports,” Warren says.
Going forward, the Foundation will look to get the word out to more people, who may not realize resources are available for their children to participate in town activities.
Pitcher Harney drafted by Rays
Former Natick High School pitcher Sean Harney has been selected at #254 in the 8th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Tampa Rays, a team known for cranking out pitchers.
Post-NHS, Harney went on to pitch for UMass, and most recently, the University of Kentucky, where this past season he impressed both by starting and closing games. This past season, Harney led the Wildcats in wins (5) and earned run average (2.62).
— Sean Harney (@Harney17) July 19, 2022
Heavy bag in the wild
I was pleasantly surprised to see, during a run through the fitness trail behind Leonard Morse Hospital on Union Street, the addition of a heavy bag to the pull-up/chin-up bars. I had way better luck hitting the bag than pulling or chinning myself up…
Summer soccer clinics to heat up
Registration is open for Natick Soccer Club summer clinics, including one run by Natick High School boys and girls varsity soccer teams for kids in grades 2-6. To be held 8/21-8/23.
Congrats to All-Scholastics
Two Natick High School athletes have been recognized as Boston Globe All-Scholastics for their spring sports season performances (subscription may be required to access Boston Globe article).
- Kendall Jackson (boys volleyball)
- Colby LeBlanc (boys lacrosse)
Many other Natick athletes were recognized for honorary mention or as all-stars.