The JP4 Foundation was established in the summer of 2016 by Adam Barta, founder of Blizzard Baseball Academy. Establishing a non-profit arm of the organization had always been a goal of Barta’s. Knowing that playing baseball is more than just a game, Barta wanted to ensure finances were never an obstacle for families to access the game of baseball. 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 create more opportunities for players, award college scholarships to seniors via the Johnny Price Memorial College Scholarship, and provide opportunities to serve the community.