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Tug's Mixed Nutts Play with Purpose
The Tug McGraw Foundation Mixed Nutts Softball Program, is one of three wellness programs designed by the Tug McGraw Foundation for the veteran residents and spouses at the Veterans Home of California, Yountville. Through the game of softball, The Mixed Nutts program aims to help players to improve their physical, cognitive, social and spiritual components of their health. Quality of life enhancement is our goal for as many residents as possible. Creating sustainable programs around exercise, healthy eating, and socialization in turn creates a community support system to help better achieve one’s wellness goals.
Why Purpose Matters for the Brain and Body
Purpose in Life (PIL) is a research area that focuses on the interactions between mind and body and the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social, and spiritual factors can directly affect health. It links the belief that your life has meaning and purpose to a robust and persistently improved physiological health outcome. Kaplin, A., Anzaldi L., 2015. New Movement in Neuroscience: A Purpose Driven Life.
How the Game Tug Loved Addresses Quality of Life
The Tug McGraw Foundation’s (TMF) Mixed Nutts Softball program aims to address “purpose” in one’s life as an opportunity to help improve quality of life in areas of brain wellness. In addition to showcasing the game that Tug McGraw loved, it also gives an opportunity to raise awareness in areas of quality of life for those who are affected by brain-related trauma and tumors.
Fun Mixed Nutts Stats
• Mixed Nutts play on Cleve Borman Field, a hidden “Field of Dreams” dating back to the late 1800s, located on the Veterans Home of California, Yountville
• K&P Weaver Vintage Uniform designers together with the Tug McGraw Foundation reproduced the Mixed Nutts uniforms from the Veteran’s Home original 1914 uniforms, a semi pro team that play on Borman Field.
• Mixed Nutts’ Team are comprised of veterans, veteran spouses, and veteran children
• Mixed Nutts play members from the Yountville Fire House, community, and local businesses
** In 2021, Meristem School for young adults on the autism spectrum designed a program for their students to have an opportunity to play ball. It was a first for many of the students to every be on a field and field a team. In 2023, the Meristem students will be back for two scheduled games and we
welcome the All About Ability students from Napa that will joining them!
A Place Where Tug Played and the Home of the Foundation
The Tug McGraw Foundation is located on the grounds of the Veterans Home of California in Yountville. This incredible place is home to nearly 1000 veteran residents. It's also home to one of our nation's most beautiful baseball fields. A field of dreams that Tug loved to play on while growing up in the Napa Valley region. And since Tug McGraw was also a marine, it seemed the perfect choice to make our foundation's headquarters rooted right here at the Yountville Veterans Home.
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Phillies Manager Sends Tug McGraw's Team a Heartfelt Message to Tug McGraw's Softball Team
On March 16, 2018, Philadelphia Phillies Manager, Gabe Kapler sent a heart felt message to the Tug McGraw Foundation's softball team, The Mixed Nutts. An all veteran team whose average age is 73 years old to their oldest being 91years young. The team was scheduled to start their spring training on Friday, March 9th at the Veterans Home of California, Yountville. Tragedy took place that day that took the lives of three beautiful souls who dedicated their lives to helping veterans. Manager Gabe Kapler starts his message about Tug McGraw's tradition in "sporting the greens" for St. Patrick's Day and then the unthinkable! Gabe addresses the team. The team is stunned and the room quickly fills up with tears, smiles and determination. The Nutts are determined to #PlayBoldforYountville. The Veterans Home of Yountville is the home to nearly 850 veterans including the Mixed Nutts where the team plays on the home's historic field. Home of the Tug McGraw Foundation. www.tugmcgraw.org
Borman Field Veterans Home of Yountville
The Tug McGraw Foundation would like to honor and recognize the Borman Family for having a vision, The Veterans Home of Yountville and CalVet who together with Brady and Kyle and their countless volunteers that keep the spirit alive of one of America's most beautiful treasures-Borman Field. "Ya Gotta Believe"
Tug McGraw Tribute 2004-2014
Tug McGraw visits the Phillies' Veterans Stadium for an emotional ceremony in which he recreated his World Series-winning pitch. On January 5, 2004, McGraw succumbed to his brain tumor near Nashville. He left as his legacy the Tug McGraw Foundation, an organization that helps to improve quality of life for service members, veterans, civilians and their families who are affected by brain-related trauma and tumors. Tim McGraw's, "Live Like You Were Dying" has become such a noted tribute to the way Tug lived his life and an inspiration to others and their families. Ya Gotta Believe...
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