8 2024

Community Mud Hens Game

2:00PM - 6:00PM  

Fifth Third Field 406 Washington St.
Toledo, OH 43604

Baseball and Belonging - Jewish Community Mud Hens Game

Featuring Team Israel Captain Ryan Lavarnway


Sunday, September 8

Lunch at 12 p.m.

Game Starts at 2:05 p.m.

Campaign Donors: $15 per adult, $5 per child (3 – 12 years old), FREE for children 0 – 2 years old 

Non-Campaign Donors: $25 per adult, $15 per child (3 – 12 years old), FREE for children 0 – 2 years old


Join us for a private event at Fifth Third Field for lunch, schmooze and hear Ryan Lavarnway's own Jewish Journey, and enjoy a Mud Hens game together as the Mud Hens take on the Indianapolis Indians.


This event is for the entire Jewish community of all ages and stages.  


Retired Major League baseball catcher and baseball Olympian, Ryan Lavarnway played for eight MLB teams over his 10-year career, winning a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2013. He is also a member of the Team Israel international baseball team where he has participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2017 and 2023 World Baseball Classic tournaments, as well as the 2023 Baseball European Championship where he served as Israel’s Captain. Prior to his professional baseball career, Ryan was the third-ever MLB draft pick out of Yale University where he had a breakout year in 2007, leading the NCAA in batting average and slugging percentage.


Since retiring from baseball, Ryan has served as a broadcaster, including as a television analyst for the Colorado Rockies and has also appeared as a motivational speaker at Harvard, Yale Law School, Kent State, various leadership summits and numerous Jewish community centers. He recently launched an inspirational podcast, “Finding the Way” and wrote a children’s book, “Baseball and Belonging.” Growing up in Woodland Hills, Calif., Ryan played baseball at El Camino Real High School and is an inductee of the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He currently resides in Denver with his wife, daughter and dog.


Books will be available for sale at the event.


Space is limited. RSVP required by Monday, August 26 to or Sherry Majewski at 419-724-0351 or