FAIRFIELD, OH (November 2, 2022)—“When I was born, the doctor told my Mom and Dad that I’d never walk, talk, or smile,” said Teddy Kremer. Then, he titled his head to the side and smiled.
In front of a sold-out crowd at the Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market on Friday, October 28, Cincinnati Reds batboy Teddy Kremer accepted the Joe Nuxhall Humanitarian Award at the 7th Annual Miracle Ball presented by The Hatton Foundation. Teddy Kremer becomes only the 8th individual to receive the award, joining the ranks of Marty Brennaman, Sean Casey, Anthony Munoz, Sheila Gray, Charley Frank, Sparky Anderson, and the family of Lance Corporal Taylor Prazynski.
Nuxhall presented the NUXY award to Kremer, who then went on to deliver a memorable and inspirational speech in which he reminded the crowd of the power of resiliency and grit.
“With lots of hard work, anything is possible,” said Kremer. “Everyone can be successful. Always be kind to everyone. Always smile. And never give up because someone says ‘You can’t do it.’ Joe Nuxhall did not give up.”
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Kremer was celebrated at the podium by Hall of Fame Cincinnati Reds broadcaster and fellow Nuxhall Humanitarian Award winner Marty Brennaman, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Lucas Sims, and two-time Ohio Sports Writer of the Year John Erardi, and Local 12’s Sheila Gray and Bob Herzog. In addition, video tributes were delivered by former Reds Sean Casey, Todd Frazier, Tucker Barnhart, Corky Miller, and 700 WLW’s Lance McAlister.
Kremer Named Manager of JNMLF Traveling Team
In addition to receiving the award, The Nuxhall Foundation surprised Kremer with a number of announcements to celebrate his recognition.
Chief amongst those announcements was Teddy Kremer’s appointment as the Manager of the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields (JNMLF) traveling baseball teams that will take part in the 2023 Miracle Series in Pittsburgh, PA. Last year’s inaugural Miracle Series saw former Reds first baseman and Nuxhall Humanitarian Award winner Sean Casey bring his Miracle League of the South Hills athletes to the JNMLF for a series of games and events in Cincinnati. This summer, JNMLF athletes will travel to Pittsburgh to play at Casey’s facility, and Kremer will be at the helm as the team’s manager.
“We need a chief encourager,” said Tyler Bradshaw, Executive Director of The Nuxhall Foundation. “Someone who can lift others up and remind them of the importance of resiliency and determination. Teddy is the person we all need, and we have no doubt that he will be a hall of fame manager for our traveling teams.”
Sean Casey congratulated Kremer on Twitter, saying “Congrats Teddy!!! Can’t wait to see you in Pittsburgh soon. Well deserved, my friend!” (@TheMayorsOffice)
The date for the 2023 Miracle Series is currently being scheduled.
The Teddy Kremer Scholarship
The Nuxhall Foundation also announced the creation of The Teddy Kremer Scholarship—a new scholarship delivered through the Joe Nuxhall Memorial Scholarship Fund that will be given to a college-bound student from Greater Cincinnati that plans to pursue a degree in special education. In its first year, the program will award a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving applicant with the goal of endowing and growing the scholarship in the years to come.
Teddy Talks Podcast
In addition, The Nuxhall Foundation announced plans to launch a new podcast in 2023 called Teddy Talks. These short, inspirational, character-based messages from Teddy Kremer will be delivered in audio and video formats. The podcast will be a project managed through The Joe Nuxhall Character Education Initiative.
“There is no one who better exemplifies our mission at The Nuxhall Foundation and the character traits that were important to my Dad than Teddy Kremer,” said Kim Nuxhall, President and Board Chairman of The Nuxhall Foundation. “Thank you, Teddy, for giving us one of the best nights of all of our lives by letting us honor you with this well-deserved recognition.”
The Nuxhall Foundation is the legacy foundation for former Major League Baseball pitcher and longtime Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, Joe Nuxhall. A central project of The Nuxhall Foundation is The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields—an entirely accessible baseball and recreational facility where every player with every challenge gets every chance to play. More than 200 players between ages 4 to 78 participate in programs at the Miracle League Fields.
For more information, visit http://www.nuxhallmiracleleague.org.
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