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South Baseball – The Spirit of Winning

South Baseball

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South Baseball—The Spirit of Winning is the first major film to turn the spotlight on Toms River High School South and legendary Indians Baseball Head Coach, Ken Frank. Coach Frank not only is New Jersey’s winningest high school baseball coach, (ranked 15th nationally) he also is a dedicated mentor who has had a profound impact on the lives of countless players during the past 40+ years. The 2017 season was another winner, with the team clinching the Class A South title.

Twenty years after a 1998 Toms River team became Little League World Series Champions, the one-hour film highlights this area’s passion for baseball. The film traces Todd Frazier’s story – from starring on that Little League team, through successful seasons at High School South, Rutgers University, and as third baseman for the New York Yankees – and shows how this hometown hero serves as an inspiration to young players.

The film depicts former South Baseball players, many of whom regularly attend spirited games in Ken Frank Baseball Stadium, proudly watching their sons follow in their footsteps. It also includes interviews with sports insiders who share entertaining stories that gave rise to the legend of Coach Frank and Indians baseball. Interest in the film will extend beyond sports fans at the Jersey Shore, as the documentary shows how tough love can help young people win in sports and in life.

Veteran television journalist Sandra Levine, a Toms River native and South alumna who has been nominated 10 times for regional Emmy Awards, produced the film. In 2014 her poignant, one-hour documentary about Superstorm Sandy, Heartbreak & Healing After Sandy, premiered at the Grunin Center, and aired on public television stations (PBS) throughout New Jersey and in parts of the surrounding states.

Refreshments immediately after the screening provided by Jersey Mike’s Toms River & Perlmutter Family ShopRites.

South Baseball—The Spirit of Winning is a sponsored project of the New Jersey Media Arts Center, Inc.

Funding has been provided by:

GRAND SLAM FUNDERS • The Brion B. Applegate Trust

TRIPLE FUNDERS • Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation • Pine Belt Chevrolet – Chrysler – Subaru • Tishman Construction Corporation • Dr. Richard Levine & Diana Madaras

DOUBLE FUNDERS • Paul Vecchione • Sean Kauffman • OceanFirst Bank • Mike Lawroski • Marty Donato • Edward Grundhauser • ServPro of Toms River • Toms River Heating & Air Conditioning • Chianese Dental • Good Friend Electric • Lotano Development • Community Medical Center • Chap Construction

BASE HIT FUNDERS • Riverfront Dental Care • Meadowbrook Industries, Inc. • The Citta Foundation • Fortunato Family • Bruce Rush • Gluck & Allen, LLC • Gould Family • Tom Zorojew • Joe & Sandra Sutaris • Saker ShopRites, Inc. • Herb Fisher • Dick Read • Devil Brownies

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Get To Know Us!

Get To Know

Get to know us…

In 2014, The Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation announced a $5.75 million donation to Ocean County College to establish The Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on the College’s Main Campus in Toms River.

So who are Jay and Linda Grunin, and why did they want to start an arts center here?

Jay and Linda met and fell in love as two promising law students at NYU in the sixties. They established a thriving law practice right here in Toms River, NJ, and decades later chose to pursue one of their lifelong passions: philanthropy. Thus their foundation was born.

The Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation is a family-run philanthropic fund with three distinct areas of focus: healthcare, education, and the arts. As long time residents of the Jersey Shore, Jay and Linda knew it was the natural destination for their philanthropic endeavors. Their desire is to make Toms River “the regional template for quality of life and strong economic health.” To that end, the main campus at Ocean County College was considered the perfect location for the arts center, due to its centrality and significance within the Ocean County community.

A Cultural Hub is Born

The center is built on the belief that a thriving arts culture is vital for community involvement and economic opportunity. It includes a 464 seat theatre, as well as an additional 90 seat black-box theatre, and is home to a variety of inspiring and entertaining performances and lectures season after season. In 2017 it was announced that a 53,000 square foot performing arts high school would be built adjacent to the theatre on the Ocean County College campus administered by the Ocean County Vocational Technical School system. The performing arts high school is expected to open in 2019 and is poised to become one of the best performing arts academies in the country, where students can earn associates degrees alongside their diplomas.

There are so many ways that we at the Grunin Center work to keep the arts alive and thriving at the Jersey Shore. Here are just a few of the highlights of our 2017-2018 season:

  • The world renowned Vienna Boys Choir
  • An Evening with Todd Frazier, Major League Baseball player and hometown hero
  • Chrissy Metz, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated star of critically acclaimed This Is Us
  • Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones

We are also pleased to provide quality programming through our “Schools ‘n Stage” initiative, geared specifically toward providing educational and engaging experiences for local students, and we are proud supporters and hosts to both the Ocean County and New Jersey Teen Arts Festivals. At The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, we are committed to nurturing a love of arts and entertainment not only in our own generation but in those to come.

We hope you feel as though you can get to know “us,” and in future posts will be sharing even more about our staff, outreach programs, venue, and more!

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An Evening with Todd Frazier

Main Stage, Moderated Lecture
Subscribers $25*, Regular Admission $35

Tickets for this event are currently SOLD OUT. Please contact the Ticket Office at 732-255-0500 (M-F, 10a – 5p) to inquire about the Wait List.

Hometown baseball hero Todd Frazier will join fans from his native Toms River for an evening of baseball talk on Friday, January 19, 2018. Along with moderator Russ Salzberg, Todd will discuss his experiences playing baseball and growing up in Toms River, all the way through his current Major League Baseball success.

Known just as much for his down-to-earth personality and perpetually sunny disposition as his All-Star play, Todd Frazier is no stranger to the public eye.

Todd first gained international fame at age 12 when he led Toms River, N.J., to the 1998 Little League World Series title by going 4-for-4 with a home run in the championship game. A first-round draft pick of the Reds in 2007, Todd quickly endeared himself to the Reds fan base after reaching the majors, whether through his walk-up music (Frank Sinatra, in a nod to his New Jersey roots), rescuing a choking stranger with the Heimlich maneuver (May 2012) or following through on a promise to homer for Teddy Kremer, an adult with Down syndrome who was a guest batboy for a Reds game in April 2013.

Todd was an All-Star for the first time in 2014 and in 2015 was voted to start for the National League at third base. After finishing as runner-up in the Home Run Derby the previous year, Todd was determined to win the 2015 title in front of his home fans in Cincinnati. In the first Derby with a clock, Todd beat the buzzer to win each of his three rounds. It was the highest-rated Home Run Derby in six years.

As The Cincinnati Enquirer wrote that summer, “With lights on and the media throng centered on him, Frazier settled into his comfort zone. Many  athletes tolerate these events because they have to and others arrive only so they won’t get fined, but Frazier loves it. He embraces it. He’s built for it.”

Todd was traded to the Chicago White Sox after the 2015 season and proceeded to steal the hearts of Chicago fans ever since. Then, before the 2017 trade deadline, the white Sox dealt Todd to the New York Yankees.

In New York, Todd established himself as a positive clubhouse presence and a key player in the Yankees’ push to the playoffs and, against the odds, journey to the seventh game of the AL Championship Series. Todd was behind the calling card of the 2017 Yankees; when a Mets fan reacted to Todd’s home run at Citi Field with a “thumbs down” gesture, Todd started repeating it after every hit, and the entire team soon followed.

“For a guy who’s becoming a more accomplished player — a two-time All Star and a run producer and a really nice third baseman — Todd is also just a regular guy,” Cincinnati manager Bryan Price told ESPN. “He’s not the big Johnny Ballplayer [who says], ‘I’m important and I don’t do XYZ anymore because I’m an All-Star.’ He comes across as a much more original, genuine, normal human being than a lot of players turn into when they start to get some acclaim.”

Wrote the New York Post, “Frazier [provides] benefits perhaps only a team that has him can fully appreciate — his passion, confidence, high baseball IQ and fearlessness in huge spots elevating his overall value. … Frazier is a baseball gym rat, endlessly enthusiastic about the game, willing to be a spokesman, a well-regarded teammate.”

*Subscribers must call the Ticket Office at 732-255-0500 to purchase tickets at the Subscriber Rate.

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Todd Frazier appears courtesy of Creative Artists Agency.

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Just Announced: An Evening with Todd Frazier – January 19, 2018 at 8:00pm.

Hometown baseball hero Todd Frazier will join fans from his native Toms River for an evening of baseball talk on Friday, January 19, 2018. Along with moderator Russ Salzberg, Todd will discuss his experiences playing baseball and growing up in Toms River, all the way through his current Major League Baseball success.

Known just as much for his down-to-earth personality and perpetually sunny disposition as his All-Star play, Todd Frazier is no stranger to the public eye.

Frazier was a star on the Toms River East American Little League All-Star team that won the 1998 Little League World Series. He is a Rutgers Baseball alum, and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2007. Frazier was the winner of the 2015 MLB Home Run Derby on his home field in Cincinnati. In 2015 Frazier was traded to the Chicago White Sox and in 2017 he was traded to and currently plays for the New York Yankees.

Starting Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10:00am, tickets will go on sale to Grunin Center Subscribers ONLY, by phone or walk-up. Tickets for Grunin Center Subscribers will also be discounted for a limited time to $25 each, a savings of $10 off the face value (ticket processing fees and optional shipping fees apply). All patrons are eligible to purchase a Grunin Center Subscription between now and Monday, November 13, 2017 to be eligible for the Subscriber price!

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 10:00am for $35 each.

The Grunin Center Box Office is open Monday – Friday, from 10am to 5pm. You can call us at 732-255-0500 to purchase your Grunin Center Subscription and Early Access tickets!

A pre-show Meet & Greet will take place for event sponsors. If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor, please email grunincenter@ocean.edu

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