Venice Challenger Baseball Inc
NOKOMIS FL 34275-1603
To provide a safe environment for players with physical and/or cognitive challenges -and to enjoy the experience of athletic participation and sportsmanship.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Richard (Rich) Carroll
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2009
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes Feb 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement
   Venice Challenger Baseball is dedicated to providing opportunities and support to individuals with physical and/or cognitive challenges.
 The organization has:
  1. Provided funds to help families procure special life-enhancing equipment, they wouldn't be able to afford on their own. 
  2. Distributed money, bicycles & gifts to underprivileged families at Christmas (This is an annual event)
  3. Provided organized baseball activities, recreation and equipment 
  4. Held fundraising events such as: dance-a-thon, dinners & breakfasts
  5. Increased player roster by 25% 
   All fundraising activities are aimed at raising necessary funds to support and promote the empowerment and awareness of Gulf Coast area residents with disabilities. 
Primary Goals for 2017 
  • Raise requisite funds to build the Venice Challenger "Field of Dreams."  This is such an important addition to our community because it will help ALL challenged (cognitively or physically)players from ages 3-60 years of age. It will have an immediate impact because there is no such field within 40 miles of this area. The new VCB stadium will accommodate current players in 4 surrounding counties (Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, and Charlotte) and will allow for future expansion by recruitment of even more players. Venice Challenger Baseball has been fully supported by our community. Local area businesses, school sports teams and clubs, churches and local service organizations have been participating for years.  The VCB League is ready for this next step in building this stadium. Our registration and participation grows year after year.   It is OUR dream come true - to see these "kids" get a suitable place to call their very own.
  • Increase our Outreach in the surrounding communities encouraging further donations & volunteer participation
  • Raise awareness of the benefits citizens derive in volunteering with this organization 
Needs Statement
  1. Build-out of Dedicated Challenger Stadium          $1,155,106
  2. Covered stadium seating (4 @ $10,000 each)              $40,000
  3. Playing Fields - 1 clay, 1 rubberized                            $152,000
  4. NAMING OPPORTUNITIES:                                      $240,000
  5. Field Lights, Dugouts (4), Outfield fences  (1350 linear ft), Playground Surface, Sun-resistant Cover, Playground Equipment, Electronic Scoreboard (2), Handicapped (ADA Compliant) Restrooms       $125,000
Background Statement
   Venice Challenger Baseball is a baseball league designed for children and adults who aren't able to play in the usual way. Established in 2000, beginning with just a few players it has grown to over 80 players of all ages.  It became a non-profit 501c3 organization in 2008.  
   The program also provides much needed life-enhancing equipment to players and their families who wouldn't be able to afford them otherwise. VCB enjoys continued success thanks to 100's of volunteers and the dedication of Founder and Head Coach, Rich Carroll and his wife Nancy, who have donated countless hours of work and resources.  They tirelessly recruit local Clubs, Corporations and Organizations to join them on Saturdays as a "buddy" or supporter. 
   As the VCB program grows - so do the needs.  Plans are in place to build a dedicated stadium that can meet and overcome the challenges they've faced playing on traditional fields. This dedicated stadium will have one grass/clay field and one firm, rubberized field designed to be safe and accessible for ALL players and volunteers. The current fields are dangerous as it rains often and the drainage is negligible.  This creates an opportunity for injury to not only those in wheelchairs, whose wheels invariably get stuck in ruts - but to the volunteers who are pushing them or escorting them.  The hardened rubber (mulchlike) material would provide a safe, weather resistant surface for years to come.  
    VCB is in need of sponsors to raise $1.4 million to build this "Field of Dreams".   
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments
   Due to the uniqueness of the Venice Challenger Baseball Program, we draw families and players from our own county of Sarasota - as well as the surrounding counties of Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto.  Our roster of players has grown exponentially
   The land earmarked for this dedicated stadium is centrally located within the city limits of Venice, Florida (Located at 925 Gulf Coast Blvd, Venice, FL 34285. On the same plat of land as: The Boys & Girls Club and Special Olympics facility).  Easily accessible via Tamiami Trail (Us-41), Venice Avenue (Main St.) and I-75.
   By building here, we are unifying the three organizations geographically.  Participants of The Boys and Girls Club and Special Olympics may not have been aware of the role Venice Challenger Baseball and their resources could now play in their lives.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
We are families and friends who advocate and believe that our children with differences should enjoy life and be able to participate in activities like all other children.  Venice Challenger Baseball is an open all- inclusive, fun program that believes in community involvement, participation for everyone, and baseball is a game of encouragement, confidence building and enjoyment.  We celebrate diversity.
Description Through our vast network of volunteers and professionals, we seek out and meet with those in need.  We provide much needed equipment, repair when possible, lead to resources, and create a partnership with the individuals, families, and the communities we serve.
Budget $15,000
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Baseball/Softball
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
  • A child who hasn't left the house - now looks forward to Saturdays.
  • A family overwhelmed by life, is given aide.
  • Parents "on duty" 24/7 get a much needed respite, and make new friends.
  • An individual who couldn't leave his house now has a specialty wheelchair.
Long Term Success
  • the "entitled teen" volunteers one time - and his life is changed forever.
  • Police and firefighters participate as volunteers, healing community.
  • Players aquity level drops - they're happy...some for the first time.
Program Success Monitoring
The success of this program is reflected by the smiles, laughter, and sheer joy on the faces of the players, as well as the volunteers on the field who assist them. One cannot attend a Saturday afternoon Venice Challenger Baseball outing - and NOT be affected.
Program Success Examples
  • "Joe" is one of our older players.  He and his wife live at Loveland Center.  He makes sure everyone is having fun - with his happy smile and laughter. 
  • "Andy" didn't speak a word (EVER) during his 4th season, his first words were, "Coach Carroll" and "Baseball". Now 7 years later, He is an ambassador- friendly, outgoing. He is a leader amongst the other players. Andy found his voice.
Program Comments by Organization
     Venice Challenger Baseball is a baseball league designed for children and adults who aren't able to play baseball in the usual way.  It began in 1998 and became a 501c3 organization in 2008. The program began with a handful of children, and has grown to over 80 players of all ages. This program has positively impacted the individuals, which by extension impacts the community.  
     One example that comes to mind, is that of Challenger player, "Andy"…Andy had never spoken a word in his life.  He spoke his first words during his 4th season playing, and they were, "Coach Carroll" and "Baseball".  Seven years later, Andy helps other Challenger players, welcomes everyone and is a favorite among the volunteers. VCB helped Andy "find his voice" and become a leader among the other players. Playing Challenger Baseball has been nothing short of life-affirming for Andy.
     We have simply outgrown the use of the Chuck Reiter Little League fields.  Having a dedicated stadium for the Challengers, ensures a safer experience in all kinds of weather, provides safe handicapped accessible restrooms, and most importantly - Their Own FIELD OF DREAMS.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 100
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
   Venice Challenger Baseball chooses to focus on what a player CAN do, vs what a player CAN'T do (mentally or physically) our motto is "For ALL who dream to play, but can't in the usual Little League way". We are part of the Little League International Charter, serving Venice Little League, and have been using their fields for the past 9 years.  Additionally, we collaborate with the Venice Police & Fire Departments, local retail stores, Church groups, and High School Sports Teams/Clubs/Organizations who provide volunteers that work with our players on and off the field each and every week.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2016
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization    As an all-volunteer organization, we rely heavily on the strengths of our individuals.  As all are like-minded in the pursuit of serving these players, we solicit ideas from everyone, and cultivate action plans to realize goals.
Board Chair
Board Chair Richard (Rich) Carroll
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Director (Primary) Richard Carroll volunteer
Safety & Registration Dir Nancy Carroll volunteer
Director (Secondary) Christopher (Chris) Curry volunteer
Marketing Director Lisa Guscette Volunteer
Vice President James (Jim) Hanks volunteer
Treasurer Susan Hanks volunteer
Community Youth Liaison Bekah Horsley Volunteer
Secretary Richard (Todd) Kerkering volunteer
President Sue Lomas volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Project Oversight
Governance Comments by Organization Quite honestly, with all of our Board members being unpaid volunteers, we have been lucky enough to unite a group of residents who are all united with a common goal in enhancing and improving the lives of the players and families we serve.  We all seamlessly wear many hats in this pursuit. 
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $1,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $15,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
   The purpose of this Capital Campaign, is to raise $1.4 million dollars to build the Dedicated "Field of Dreams" for the Venice Challenger Baseball League.  
Campaign Goal $1,400,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2009 to Dec 2020
Amount Raised To Date 23000 as of Feb 2017
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$21,214$8,665$14,559
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.561.680.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$22,195$10,241$4,316
Current Assets$22,195$10,241$4,316
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$22,195$10,241$4,316
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $33,168Contributons, gifts, grants $14,590Contributions, gifts, grants $13,475
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We receive funds and donated items (equipment, uniforms, waters, snacks), and spend very little money. We subsist on the free labor and generous hearts of our board, volunteers and our community.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited compilations. 
Nonprofit Venice Challenger Baseball Inc
NOKOMIS , FL 34275 1603
Phone 941 685-4668