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Bowl-a-thon fundraiser for the Renegades on January 28th

Cartoon of a logo for Bowl-a-thon

Come support the Boston Renegades by bringing your friends and family for an afternoon of bowling at our Bowl-a-thon fundraiser.  Thanks to the Woburn Host Lions, we have partnered with the Woburn Bowladrome to host the event.  Proceeds from this event will go to help support the Renegades’ expenses for the 2017 season,  during which we plan to travel to Lincroft, NJ, Bolingbrook, IL and West Palm Beach Florida.  The cost of the event is $35 per person.

Details of the Bowl-a-thon

Where:

Woburn Bowladrome located at 32 Montvale Ave, Woburn, MA  01801

When:

Saturday, January 28th from 12-2 PM.  Registration opens at 11:30am

Your $35 donation includes two frames of Candlepin Bowling, 2 slices of Pizza and a soft drink.  It is also a donation to the team to help us with our travel expenses.  We encourage people to pre-register.  Pre-registration does not cost anything, but it will help us plan for the food and help expedite your process of getting onto a lane on the day of the event.  Please bring cash or a check made out to Association of Blind Citizens.  We are unable to accept credit card payments at this time.

Pre-register for the Bowl-a-thon

You can register for the Bowl-a-thon using either of the methods listed below.   Pre-registration will really help us plan the number of lanes we need and amount of food to purchase.   Teams will be comprised of five individuals.  Team Captains, please list put your team name on the eventbrite pre-registration form.

Do you use Facebook?

We have set up a Facebook event so that you can see who is coming and you can invite people to join us. If you plan to go to the event and are on Facebook, please purchase a ticket by pre-registering on that page.  The Facebook pre-registration will take you to an event we have created on Eventbrite where you can enter your information, what team you may be bowling on, which Renegade you are supporting and truly help us plan better.  The Facebook link is here.

If you don’t use facebook, join us on Eventbrite

If you are not on Facebook, you can go straight to the Eventbrite event to register, here.

Questions?

Please contact  Joe Quintanilla (joeqman@verizon.net), Larry Haile (hailelarry1@icloud.com), or any Boston Renegades team member.

Joe Quintanilla is Not Your Average Joe

During the month of May, Not Your Average Joe’s in Watertown is running a promotion to help the Boston Renegades.  If you dine there on a Sunday in May the Boston Renegades will received 15% of your check (excluding tax, Tip and booze) if you give them a copy of this flyer (or show it to them on your phone).  Please let us know your interest and share our Facebook event with friends

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As many Renegade fans know we have had many players on our roster over the years named Joe…and they are definitely Not Your Average Joe.

Joe Q SAFE!Joe Quintanilla was the first “Not Your average Joe” to join the Boston Renegades back in 2001.  As a young kid, Joe Q wanted to be the left fielder for the Boston Red Sox!  When asked in school what do you want to do when you grow up, he would answer “the left fielder for the Boston Red Sox, like Jim Rice!”  Retinitis Pigmentosa got in the way of Joe’s childhood dream, and he was never able to play little league.

In 2001, everything changed, Joe Q was one of the first players to join the Boston Renegades.  “Hitting a ball that is pitched to you was and is an awesome experience!” He says.  “I finally was able to play the outfield and wear number 14!”  For sixteen years, Joe Q has been patrolling the outfield for the Renegades and leads the team in most games played and 2nd in runs scored.  Join him at Not Your Average Joe’s Sunday!

While at the 2010 World Series in Minnesota, the Rochester Post Bulletin ran a few articles in the sports page about the athletes at the Beep Baseball World Series.  One of those articles was about our very own Joe Quintanilla.  The article was titled “Leads by Example” and was subtitled “Nearly blind, Boston man has blazed an inspiring trail”.  The article is no longer available on line but we have a picture of the article that appeared in print with a full color picture of Joe in his batting stance and blind fold on.  We apologize for not having the text in a format for screen readers.  Click the photo to read the article.

Article in the Rochester Post Bulletin from 2010 on Joe Quintanilla

Joe Yee is Not Your Average Joe

During the month of May, Not Your Average Joe’s in Watertown is running a promotion to help the Boston Renegades.  If you dine there on a Sunday in May the Boston Renegades will received 15% of your check (excluding tax, Tip and booze) if you give them a copy of this flyer (or show it to them on your phone).  Please let us know your interest and share our Facebook event with friends

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  As many Renegade fans know we have had many players on our roster over the years named Joe…and they are definitely Not Your Average Joe.

Joe Yee running toward First in 2014.  Photo by Lisa Andrews

Joe Yee running toward First in 2014. Photo by Lisa Andrews

Joe Yee is definitely not your average Joe. Handsome and smart, Joe is a Systems Engineer for Harvard Management Company.  Joe did not just slip into that job or ‘know somebody who knew somebody’; he worked his way up starting as a desktop support person and moving from lead instructor for Microsoft BackOffice to his current position. But because all work and no play makes a dull man indeed, Joe is also involved with organizations such as Ski for Light and the Association of Blind Citizens. Founded in 1975, Ski for Light teaches visually impaired people how to ski and give participants who have already mastered the basics the chance to improve their skills and endurance. Joe is definitely in the latter category and had skied 85 KM when last in Anchorage.  He has also participated in New England Regional Ski for Light. With Ski for Light, Joe has skied in Alaska, Colorado, Michigan, and Utah, to name a few, and he keeps going back for more. With the Association of Blind Citizens, Joe plays competitive Beep Baseball, and this year, his goal is to become a force to be reckoned with.  His driven nature to keep improving himself is spirited by the supportive volunteer coaches of the Boston Renegades.

Much as Joe prizes work and sports, he is also a family man. There are at least two nieces and several cousins who can attest to the fact that Joe is uncle and cousin extraordinaire, and that he is a cherished and beloved member of a family that does everything from learn Mandarin Chinese (Joe already knows Cantonese); to frolic on Cape Cod and eat Whoopie  Pies (don’t ask!). Joe’s friends would say the same. They cherish his quiet humor, his technical prowess, and his unwavering generosity and kindness. Joe’s biggest fan, however, might just be Cecilia, his first guide dog. Joe and Cecelia became a pair in 2005. As soon as he left Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Joe knew he had a trusted companion and guide. She helped Joe explore new adventures, travel safely, and navigate new and unfamiliar places around the country. Cecelia is Joe’s best friend, and she is enjoying retirement after ten and a half years of service.

It’s a pity guide dogs can’t ski or play Beep Ball, but who knows, maybe this not your average Joe can do something about that! One can hope.

– Bio written by Megan S.

If you would like to hear Joe Talk about his experience you can see him on youtube below

 

Joe McCormick is Not Your Average Joe

During the month of May, Not Your Average Joe’s in Watertown is running a promotion to help the Boston Renegades.  If you dine there on a Sunday in May the Boston Renegades will received 15% of your check (excluding tax, Tip and booze) if you give them a copy of this flyer (or show it to them on your phone).  Please let us know your interest and share our Facebook event with friends

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  As many Renegade fans know we have had many players on our roster over the years named Joe…and they are definitely Not Your Average Joe.

Joe Mac - "the hardest working man in baseball)

Photo by Dina Rudick/Boston Globe

Joe McCormick was a happy, healthy 17 year old high school senior when he was diagnosed with a rare disease called Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). LHON causes rapid sudden central vision loss and within months Joe was legally blind. Before his diagnosis Joe was at the top of his class, the captain of his Robotics team, and the goalie of the varsity soccer team. He was slated to attend MIT in the fall and study mechanical engineering. He loved spending time with his friends and family, and especially his girlfriend, Ashley. One of Joe’s favorite things to do was drive his car. He loved the freedom of being able to just hop in his car and go.

Most people really struggle with vision loss. Joe found a way to accept it.  He told his friends “I may be going blind but I am still one of the luckiest people I know!” He went on to graduate from Harvard University with a degree in computer Science in just 4 years without any delays or extra time to help him with his vision loss.  Today, Joe is a happy, healthy 23 year old with a great job, a wonderful fiancé, and a beautiful new home. He is passionate about Beepball and loves playing the game with his amazing teammates.

On the field he has grown into one of the leaders of the Boston Renegades.  He is Not Your average Joe on the field as he has set a few team records and been named to league all-star teams in his short 4 year career. This High School soccer player turned beep baseball all star got off to a fast start in 2012 and set a team record by hitting .586 in is Rookie year with the Renegades (a 14-year history).  He never gives up and is always trying to make himself better and in 2014, he was named to the League All- star team when he hit .600 at the National World Series in Rochester, Minnesota.  In 2015, he became just the 2nd player in team history to hit .600 for an entire season as he  hit .606.   You will be amazed to see what he can accomplish with his vision loss because he is not your average Joe!

This Joe was also featured in an article in the Boston Globe in May of 2014.  Theses a must read article to see how he overcame the loss of his sight with a can do attitude and what he has been able to accomplish.

If you would like to hear Joe Talk about his experience you can see him on youtube below

 

Not Your Average Joe’s supports the Renegades

During the month of May, Not Your Average Joe’s in Watertown is running a promotion to help the Boston Renegades.  If you dine there on any Sunday in May the Boston Renegades will received 15% of your check (excluding tax, Tip and booze) if you give them a copy of this flyer (or show it to them on your phone).  You can click on the image to make it bigger if needed.

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As many Renegade fans know we have had many players on our roster over the years named Joe…and they are definitely Not Your Average Joe.  It’s so odd that over the 13 years the Renegades have been playing that 15% of our roster has had players whose names are Joe.  We had to give nicknames to everyone Joe…As calling “Joe” resulted in so many heads turning.  At one point we had 7 Joe’s on our Roster.  Below give you an idea of who we have had and what makes them more than the Average Joe!

 

Renegade What makes them NOT Your Average Joe (and their Nickname)
Joe Bourque

Joe Bourque  (Joe B) with the team from 2013-2014

While attending Boston College, this Joe got involved as a volunteer for the Renegades and did everything we asked of him from working on administration stuff, to catching, hitting grounders and helping the guys.  He became so valuable in such a short period of time that he also rushed back from a vacation in Hawaii and met the team in Rochester, Minnesota for the World Series in 2014 to help the team when they were short on volunteers.  Yes, he cut his trip to Hawaii short to help the team showing how he is not Your Average Joe!

Photo of Joey Buizon

Joe Buizon (Wrong Way) with the team from 2003-2015

Joe lost his sight while he was in High School and battled a lot of anger as he lost his ability to play competitive High School Basketball in the city of Somerville.  In 2003, he joined the Renegades while attending Bridgewater State University and found an outlet for his competitive juices.  He has turned his life around and with a positive attitude has found a job working for the Mass Commission of the blind.  In this job he helps most of the Boston areas college students find internships to help them kick start their careers.  On the field, his passion and the noise he creates running to bases, trash talking with his teammates also makes him a Joe who is not an average Guy!

Photo of Joe Duggan

Joe Duggan (Mr. D) with the team from 2011-2012

Joe Joined the Renegades because his son joined the team.  In our 15-year existence, he is the only father to join the team.  Supporting your kid asperity normal…but Joe stayed with the team when his son left the team!  Also, Joe stayed with the team and pithed while he was struggling through knee replacement surgeries.  Technically speaking Joe also helped us repair all of our bases and equipment because he has the tools and knowledge of electronics to help the Team keep its equipment in working order.  We have hopes he will return to the team in the near future!  Again, Not your average Joe!

Photo of Joey Duggan

Joe Duggan Jr (Hacksaw) with the team from 2009-2012

Joe is not your average Joe.  He seemed like a lost soul in Boston living miles from Foxboro.  For some reason is heart always played with the Packers.  Hacksaw was also always hoping to go barefoot and despised the snow.  What did he do?  He decided to move to North Carolina by himself.  He showed great self-awareness and an outgoing attitude to move to a new state where he did not have a support system in place.  It’s hard for many people to move and start their life over.  Imagine doing that with a visual impairment?  He is not your Average Joe!

Photo of Joe McCormick

Joe McCormick (Mac) with the team from 2011 to 2016

Joe noticed he was losing his sight in High school to a rare disease called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy.  Most people really struggle with vision loss.  Often times there is years of depression and anger associated with it.  Joe found a way to accept it.  Instead of focusing on all of the negatives of vision loss, he focused his attention on how to adapt his life.  He want on to graduate from Harvard University with a degree in computer Science in just 4 years without any delays or extra time to help him with is vision loss.  On the field he has become an All-Star in the NBBA (National Beep Ball Association) by hitting .600 at the 2014 World Series.  You will be amazed to see what he can accomplish with his vision loss because he is not your average Joe!

Photo of Joe O'Neill

Joe O’Neill (Scooby) with the team from 2003-2013

If you live in Chelmsford and went to school in the 1980’s you all know Joey O’Neill.  Many people say he is a Chelmsford legend.  Joe has led a very hard life.  He was born with Retinal Blastoma and has had his eyes removed and wears prosthetics.  Joe has had over 30 surgeries in his lifetime and continues to have to face health challenges way beyond what he has with his vision loss.  He has had back surgery, facial reconstruction surgeries and most recently heart surgery that has kept him off the field the past 2 years.  What he has endured is not what the Average Joe would ever go through!

Photo of Joe Quintanilla

Joe Quintanilla (Q) with the team from 2002-2016

This Joe ran cross-country track for Boston College against sighted opponents while being a blind runner.  His extensive running experience took him to the Paralympic games as a runner in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.  His love for running inspired him to create a Boston 5K race called the Vision 5K, a unique fundraiser where blind and sighted individuals compete side-by-side, showcasing the abilities of blind athletes. This Joe is a huge advocate of showing the ability in disability an promoting opportunities for the blind community!  He is not your Average Joe!

Photo of JJ Ward

Joe Ward (JJ) with the team from 2003-2012 & 2015

Nobody who has met this Joe would ever say he is average.  He has a unique ability to talk to anyone, even a tree. Joe lost his sight to Retinitis Pigmentosa and had to make major changes to his life when this happened.  He went from climbing telephone poles for a job to joining a vendor program where he would run is own vendor stand.  There he was in charge of his own business selling food and beverages to the public.  He had to do everything from running the operation, the books, the marketing and the sales to keep his business alive.  All of this without his eye sight.  He is not your average Joe!

Joe Yee

Joe Yee (Yee-Haw) with the team from 2014-2016

Joe Yee is the newest Joe on the team and joined us a 40 something year old rookie.  He had experience with sports as a wrestler back in High School but since he has been blind since a child, he never had an opportunity to play on a team.  When he joined the Renegades one thing he enjoyed was the opportunity to run at 100% speed.  As a blind child, he was always fearful of being able to do this and the sport of Beep baseball has finally given him this chance to run free!  Joe has found a niche for himself as he works at the Harvard Management Company as a Senior Systems Engineer and has been working there for the past 15 years.  He taught himself all the skills to do this job with his visual impairment and that makes him another Joe who is far from average!

 

 

 

Renegade Bowl-a-thon!

Come Join the Boston Renegades for an afternoon of bowling at Boston Bowl in Boston on April 28th. The event will start at 12:00 PM in the afternoon and last till 3:00 PM. Early checkin-in will be available at 11:30 AM. Teams of 6 bowlers will compete for prizes with proceeds going to benefit the Boston Renegades. There is a registration fee of $30 per person. This fee covers two strings of bowling, bowling shoes, 2 free slices of pizza, and a drink of your choice.

Click here to download a registration form

Important Details

WHEN:
Saturday, April 28th, 2012
12:00 PM – 03:00 PM
(Check in starts at 11:30 AM)

WHERE:
Boston Bowl
820 Morrissey Blvd,
Dorchester, MA
For More information please contact Larry Haile at HaileLarry1@rcn.com

DIRECTION TO BOSTON BOWL:
By Subway:
Take the MBTA’s Red Line to JFK/UMass station. A free shuttle bus will be available to take you from the subway station to Boston Bowl.

By Driving – Boston Bowl is located near I-93.
From the North (Traveling on I-93 south):
Take exit 15 for Columbia Rd toward J.F.K Library.
Turn left onto Columbia Rd – 0.1 mi
At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto William T Morrissey Blvd – 1.5 mi
Turn left onto Freeport St – 0.4 mi
Continue onto N119/William T Morrissey Blvd – 0.1 mi
Turn left. Destination will be on the right – 259 ft
From the South (Traveling on I-93 North):
Take exit 13 toward Freeport St/Dorchester
Turn left onto Victory Rd – 377 ft
Take the 1st left onto Freeport St – 0.2 mi
Continue onto N119/William T Morrissey Blvd – 0.1 mi
Turn left. Destination will be on the right – 259 ft
Should you need further assistance on directions, please give Boston Bowl a call at this number: 617-825-3800

Red Sox Ticket Raffle

The Renegades are doing their annual Red Sox Ticket Raffle!

The winner wins a pair of tickets to the Red Sox game vs the Oakland A’s on Saturday August 27, 2011 @ 1:00pm. This prize also includes a night at the Boston Harbor Hotel on Friday August 26th. Total package is worth over $400.00

Prices for the tickets are 1 for $5.00, 3 for $10.00, or 6 for $20.00

Renegades Bowl-a-thon on Saturday, April 30th

Come Join the Boston Renegades for an afternoon of bowling at Lanes and Games in Cambridge on April 30th. The event will start at 12:00 in the afternoon and last till 5:00. Check in starts at 11:30. Teams of four bowlers will compete for prizes with proceeds going to benefit the Boston Renegades. There is a registration fee of $30 per person or $120 per team of four. This fee covers three strings of bowling and bowling shoes.

Important Details

WHEN:

Saturday, April 30th 12:00pm-5:00 PM (Check in starts at 11:30)

WHERE:

Lanes and Games 195 Concord Turnpike Cambridge, MA
Registration Fee: $30 per person/$120 per team of 4

For More information please contact JJ Ward at 508-246-4578 or at jward269@aol.com