Herb Sanders co-founded Full Count Baseball Ministry over 20 years ago, convinced that young men can, and will, become self-confident and restoring agents in their communities when given the benefit of close relationships with positive adult role models. With twenty-two years of service in Juvenile Corrections and forty years as a baseball coach, Sanders developed the vision to disciple young men through the game of baseball.
In 2013 the organization moved to Jackson, Mississippi, and maintains the same foundational goals. Full Count Baseball Ministry believes in the importance of working toward a team goal, the achievements that can be realized through cooperative effort, and the confidence that is derived from improved individual performance within a team setting.
Society is an ever-changing entity for young people. The issues young men face on a daily basis can stem from a lack of financial, communal, educational, medical, and spiritual resources, in addition to the sinful temptations of life. All youth face an assortment of these challenges, however, in our predominately African-American community success is still a continuous effort to “stay ahead of the game.”
What has been identified is a lack of consistent relationships between youth and an encouraging male role model. Full Count Baseball models Christ-like service through encouragement, formation, and leadership development for young men utilizing the fundamentals of baseball.