What drives us home.
We believe baseball is more than just a game: it’s a vehicle to teach and instill rich life lessons.
The JP4 Foundation was established in the summer of 2016 by Adam Barta, founder of Blizzard Baseball Academy. It was with the passing one of Barta’s players, Johnny Price IV, that jumpstarted The JP4 Foundation. John “Johnny” Price IV (1997-2015) had been recognized by his peers as one of the best players and teammates ever to step on the field. A Division 1 recruit and very talented hitter, Price was a versatile player, manning the outfield and corner infield positions, as well as logging innings as a hard-throwing right hander.
While Price’s contributions were clearly valued on the field, what truly made him an MVP was his impact away from the diamond. Price, who was a friend to everyone, was the center of every baseball activity from team-building exercises to fun off the field. He taught younger players how to play and practice, leading with great effort and an even better attitude. It was the loss of Johnny that spurred Barta to action.
The JP4 Foundation will continue to celebrate Johnny’s legacy by providing meaningful programming for kids across the Twin Cities.