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PROGRAM 15 Announces The Hanson Cossman Tournament As a Partner Event For the New Balance Future Stars Series

June 11, 2018

PROGRAM 15, the Official Global Grassroots Player Identification and Development Program for New Balance Baseball, announced The Hanson Cossman tournament has been added as one of the partner events for the New Balance Future Stars Series.

PROGRAM 15 is proud to announce The Hanson Cossman tournament has been added as one of the partner events for the New Balance Future Stars Series. PROGRAM 15 and Future Stars Series staff will attend and scout the Hanson Cossman tournament to write MLB scouting reports and select players for International Week, regional teams, and invite-only combines in the fall.

Led by PROGRAM 15’s National Staff of former Major League and professional players, scouts, and coaches, Future Stars Series Regional Training and Evaluation Combines have garnered a reputation as one of the most comprehensive amateur baseball player identification and development experiences available.

The Hanson Cossman Tournament began in 2013 to honor Grant Hanson, a Showtime founder and long-time respected coach, who lost his battle with Cancer, and Mat Cossman, a five-tool player, loyal, dedicated program kid who lost his life to a medical overdose shortly after pursuing his college career. Proceeds from this tournament go directly to families or organizations in our community that need assistance. 

The event will feature 24 highly-competitive teams from the Pacific Northwest, surrounding States (CA,OR,WA,ID MT) and Canada. Teams committed to play include: Showtime CP South, Showtime CP North, Chaffey Baseball, Abbotsford Cardinals (B.C.), White Rock Tritons (B.C.), Gunderson Baseball (OR), EnFuego, TC Saints, Idaho/Boise Cubs, NW Futures, Vancouver Mavericks, Linedrive Baseball, NW Star Academy,  Moundtime, BB Renegades, Zoots Baseball Club (Ca.),  River City Athletics,  Outlaw Baseball Club (MT),  Seattle Stars, Seattle Select,  Laces Baseball, Showtime CP (OR), Spokane Crew, and Taylor Baseball.

Games will be played at the newly upgraded Battle Ground High School facility, the University of Portland, Concordia University, and Clark College.

Jeremy Booth, PROGRAM 15 Founder, CEO and President of Baseball Operations for The New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series, says, “The Hanson Cossman tournament is a Premier event that’s far reaching across the northwest to bring the best players in the region together in competition. Frankly, it’s a national level event. Hosted by Showtime Baseball, the people is purely driven to help players and the game the best ways they can. By joining forces, we look forward to doing everything possible to help players and add to the already special event experience. The founding members have exhibited exceptional work ethic and integrity over time and been an integral part of the Northwest Baseball landscape for many years. We couldn’t be prouder to work together to bring true scouting to the event and join the effort to help players succeed in the Northwest.”

Booth added, “Partnering with the Cossman Hanson event is an honor for our staff and together with Prospect Wire and Scoutcast we will work to bring our objective data driven feedback and professional scouts proven subjective methods together to the event. Couldn’t be happier to work with such a professional group that has captured a ton of great talent into one spot.”

Billy Hayes with Showtime Baseball says, “We are thrilled to expand our partnership with PROGRAM 15 and the Future Stars Series. We feel we have one of the best event in the Northwest and one of the best events in the country with the best players in the region. As regional directors of The Future Stars Series and PROGRAM 15, there is no doubt the PROGRAM 15 model and vision fits what we believe in. Jeremy and his staff are the best in baseball at evaluations and development. There is no doubt the level of play in our event will benefit from PROGRAM 15 and the vision of better baseball players.”

Amateur players identified by PROGRAM 15’s National Staff of former Major League and professional players, scouts and coaches are submitted to New Balance Baseball for advanced opportunities and potential selection to regional and national team rosters for New Balance sponsored events.

To learn more about The Hanson Cossman Tournament visit https://showtimebaseball.sportngin.com/page/show/3072310-2018-hanson-cossman-tournament

For the latest Future Stars Series updates and announcements follow @ftrstarsseries on Twitter or visit https://futurestarsseries.com.

ABOUT PROGRAM 15:
PROGRAM 15 boasts a faculty and staff that includes multiple Major League All-Stars and World Series veterans responsible for executing the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series, an initiative between the two organizations to elevate the game of baseball by providing amateur players across all economic levels an opportunity to reach their full potential through the training, development, and guidance of former MLB players, scouts, and coaches. For more information on Program15 and the Future Stars Series, visit www.futurestarsseries.com or @program15bb and @ftrstarsseries on twitter.

ABOUT THE HANSON COSSMAN TOURNAMENT:
The Showtime Hanson Cossman Memorial Tournament is an annual event that began in 2013 to honor Mat Cossman and Grant Hanson.

In June 2010, Mat Cossman, a gifted athlete, and longtime member of the Showtime ball club lost his life. Within days the club came together to put on a ballgame to help the grieving family with expenses. A scholarship fund for baseball athletes was started through the club in Mat’s name.

In 2012, Showtime Baseball Club lost Grant Hanson, a dedicated coach, to cancer. Coach Hanson donated a great deal of his time and talent to developing young men’s baseball skills.

Proceeds from this tournament go directly to families or organizations in our community that need assistance. 

ABOUT NEW BALANCE:
New Balance, headquartered in Boston, MA has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. New Balance is the only major company to make or assemble more than 4 million pairs of athletic footwear per year in the USA, which represents a limited portion of our US sales. Where the domestic value is at least 70%, we label our shoes Made in the USA. New Balance owns five factories in New England and one in Flimby, U.K. New Balance employs more than 5,000 associates around the globe, and in 2015 reported worldwide sales of $3.72 billion. To learn more about New Balance, please visit www.newbalance.com and for the latest press information please visit http://newbalance.newsmarket.com. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest New Balance news on Twitter @NewBalance and newbalance on Facebook.