MYAS Foundation and Anderson Family Award Six Baseball Associations Scholarships
Michael Anderson Memorial Baseball Scholarship
In June of 2021, the Michael Anderson family set up a Memorial Baseball Scholarship, in his name and in cooperation with the MYAS Foundation. This scholarship will support various baseball associations, teams, and individuals. In August of 2021, the MYAS Foundation awarded the Michael Anderson Memorial Baseball Scholarship to 18 youth baseball players, to participate in the Gopher State Fall Baseball League.
During the spring of 2022, six youth baseball associations from around the state of Minnesota and western Wisconsin were awarded the inaugural Michael Anderson Memorial Baseball “Association” Scholarship. This scholarship is intended to cover players' fees and/or for purchasing of baseball equipment (gloves, cleats, bats, uniforms, catcher's gear, etc.).
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 Michael Anderson Memorial Baseball Association Scholarship:
Shoreview Area Youth Baseball Association- $2,000.00
Oakdale Athletic Association Traveling Baseball- $1,000.00
Elk River Youth Baseball Association- $1,000.00
River Falls Youth Baseball Association- $1,000.00
North Branch Area Traveling Baseball- $1,000.00
Duluth 709 Baseball Association- $1,000.00
Since launching the Michael Anderson Youth Baseball Scholarship in 2021, the MYAS Foundation is proud to to have awarded over $10,000 in scholarships, to over a dozen different communities!
Honoring Michael N. Anderson
Michael "Coach Mike" Anderson passed away unexpectedly on May 20, 2021, at the age of 62. He was a longtime member of Shoreview Area Youth Baseball and a truly remarkable advocate for youth and high school baseball across Minnesota. He volunteered countless hours on and off the field to provide opportunities for youth through the Shoreview Area Youth Baseball and Fridley Legion programs for over two decades. Michael holds a special place within the MYAS/Gopher State Baseball family, thanks in part to the countless volunteer hours he dedicated to the broader Minnesota youth baseball community over the past 14+ years.
Coach Mike was always looking out for what was best for Shoreview Area Youth Baseball, but also wanted what was best for all Minnesota community-based youth baseball programming. He will be remembered for his selflessness and passion for youth baseball throughout his years as an administrator, mentor, beloved coach, and friend of the youth baseball community, and he will be greatly missed by anyone who was touched by his generosity.
Anderson was a founding member of the Gopher State Baseball Board of Advisors, which provides guidance on rules, policies, such as the establishment of the Team Classification Policy, regulations, programming, and specialty events, such as the Gopher State Baseball All-Star Series.
All funds raised through the Michael Anderson Youth Baseball Scholarship will go to support youth baseball through scholarships and events throughout the year. This scholarship has been earmarked to provide opportunities for Minnesota youth players, teams, and associations to participate in the game of baseball.